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Minn. finds money for honor guards at vet funerals

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's top veterans official says the state will continue helping pay for honor guards at veterans' funerals.

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Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito (SHEL'-uh-toh) told Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/p8HGxa ) on Wednesday that his agency has the funds to keep paying for the funeral honors, even though the spending was cut in the new state budget.

Shellito says he won't let the funeral honors fall through the cracks.

The state has reimbursed service organizations up to $50 for each funeral since 2008.

MPR had previously reported that the budget cut was forcing the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans groups to try to raise money to continue providing military honors at veteran funerals.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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