Mission Statement...from Tom Day, Our Founder
Bugles Across America (BAA) was founded in 2000 as a result of P.L. 106-65 that states that every qualified veteran has a right to Military Funeral Honors. As a minimum, this calls for two people to fold and present the flag and to provide a sounding of Taps. A shortage of available military buglers was then addressed by allowing this sounding of Taps to be done by way of a recording. With this in mind, Bugles Across America was formed to provide live buglers to fill this need.
BAA is a registered 501c3, not for profit organization, and files annual tax returns with the IRS and the State of Illinois. We have acquired both a Trademark and Copyright for our name and logo. We operate and pay for our web site, however, the bugler service is provided free of charge to all that request it. BAA is a totally volunteer program and receives NO government financial help.
Bugles Across America nfp does not charge members to join nor does it collect dues. Our membership consists of men and women of all ages, races, and creeds. They are active military, veterans and civilians alike. Many are professional musicians, while others are capable but purely amateur. Regardless of background or previous experience, we require all volunteers to audition by sounding Taps for a Director before being placed on the active bugler list to assure that every veteran’s family will receive a dignified sounding of Taps.
Our members supply their own instruments and are responsible for appearing in a timely manner for each event in appropriate attire. We have established and published the Directives for Buglers, which all members are expected to follow. All members are responsible for their transportation to and from events, and must have their own insurance coverage.
When a verified need has been established, we have provided over 700 horns and some uniforms to our members. Over the 13-plus year span of BAA, we have had some national foundations donate to BAA. However, much of that resource has been reduced, and most of our operating funds continue to come from the American people making generous donations. FOR THIS WE THANK YOU EVERY DAY.
We expect a high moral and ethical standard to be maintained by our members, and to that end, any member found to have a criminal record would be removed from the roster.
We thank you for reading our Mission Statement and remind you that for the last 13 years, Bugles Across America has been given credit for over 100,000 Funeral Missions, and our members have corporately given over a million hours of volunteer time to our veterans and their families.
Thank you for your support,
Tom Day Founder and Bugler