Budget problems mean Honor Guard won't be attending every military funeral

DENVER -  

Budget cuts that are set to take effect in April will mean changes in how the Colorado Army National Guard Honor Guard attends funerals of fallen soldiers.

Honor Guard officials tell 7NEWS after March 31st, money for full-time employees will no longer be available. The change will mean the Honor Guard will not be able to attend every soldier funeral.  On average, the Honor Guard said it attends about 1,800 funerals a year.

Honor Guard officials couldn't go on camera about the budget woes Friday.

Similar budget problems have hit Honor Guards in other states, including Minnesota which in 2011 was forced to raise money to attend funerals of fallen soldiers.