The Authorized Provider Partnership Program – known as AP3 – allows the use of community volunteers to augment the legislated two-person uniformed detail for veteran funerals. This Department of Defense program, authorized by Section 1491(b) of Title 10, U.S Code, trains volunteers from veterans service organizations, or VSOs, and other approved groups to assist in providing military funeral honors as “authorized providers.” AP3 promotes community involvement and supports the family and friends of the deceased veteran. In addition, the combined funeral honor detail symbolizes the continuity of respect for deceased veterans from those who are serving and those who have served in the armed forces.
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