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Student "Taps" musicians receive tuition grants

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's veterans affairs secretary, John A. Scocos, and the Department of Public Instruction reminds school districts of a 2003 state law encouraging them to grant excused absence to students in grades 6-12 for the purposes of sounding "Taps" on a bugle, trumpet or cornet during a military honors funeral.

In return for playing "Taps," funeral directors may issue a $25 state tuition voucher.  These vouchers are valid at University of Wisconsin System campuses, as well as technical colleges.  Private institutions of higher education are encouraged to accept the vouchers.

According to Scocos, "This is an ideal way to provide a sacred service to those who served while also finding another way to teach our future leaders to appreciate the heroes that relentlessly defended their rights to receive an education." 

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