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Buglers work to honor veterans

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A bugler plays 'Taps' during the funeral of a veteran. (Source: NBC) A bugler plays 'Taps' during the funeral of a veteran. (Source: NBC)

MOORPARK, CA (NBC) - Taps contains just 24 notes, but a shortage of military buglers means that far too often veterans attend ceremonies only to hear recorded music.

Douglas Dykstra and other musicians involved with Bugles Across America are working to change that.

"According to the VA, the veteran is entitled to a full honor guard and a bugler. And because of VA cutbacks, and because there just aren't as many people playing instruments anymore, they aren't getting that. And a lot of times all they get is a boom box," Dykstra said.

"And I feel that is actually a disgrace. It just does not add the same sound and feel as a live bugler."

Dykstra is a Vietnam veteran and an engineer with NBC Network News.

"It's always a lot more personal. I was really impressed to see an actual bugler. They always lend a little bit of gravity to a ceremony," said Army Maj. Justin L. Babcock after serving in a burial detail accompanied by Dykstra. "I think they provided that today. It was wonderful."

Bugles Across America is always looking for volunteers and they accept musicians of any age, as long as they can pass an audition by playing Taps.

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