☷Veterans Organizations Can Receive Free Ceremonial Ammunition
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL , IL . - - The U . S . Army Joint Munitions Command , headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal , provides blank ammunition and clips to American Legion posts , Veterans of Foreign Wars posts , Disabled American Veterans chapters , as well as other veterans’ organizations , free of charge , to perform military funeral honors and to use at parades and other events . To order and receive the blank ammunition and/or clips , the veterans’ organization must first have weapons issued through the ceremonial rifle program at the U . S . Army Tank - Automotive & Armaments Command in Warren , Michigan . Organizations that use privately - owned weapons or borrow weapons are not eligible to receive ammunition in this program . And only organization officers can request the blank ammunition and/or clips . The Joint Munitions Command is the Department of Defense’s expert in ammunition . The blank ammunition is produced at JMC’s Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence , Missouri . The plant makes more than one billion rounds of small arms ammunition each year for the U . S . military , other government agencies , and NATO allies , including all types of 5 . 56 mm , 7 . 62 mm and . 50 - caliber ammunition . Providing ammunition for ceremonies is a traditional mission for JMC . Since the end of World War II , the Army has been supplying ceremonial ammunition to veterans’ organizations to conduct military honors for their fallen comrades . “The busiest time of the year is before Memorial Day , ” said Telacy Biles , JMC’s point of contact for the ceremonial ammunition program . “With all of the checks and balances of this program , I tell organization officers that it’s best to start the application process very early . ” To learn more about the ceremonial ammunition program , contact Telacy Biles , toll free , at 877 - 233 - 2515 , via Fax at 309 - 782 - 7292 or email at usarmy . ria . jmc . mbx . carg@army . mil . In addition , a video that describes the ceremonial rifle ammunition ordering process can be viewed at the American Legion National Head Quarter’s website at www . legion . org . For more information about the ceremonial rifle program , contact TACOM by email at usarmy . detroit . tacom . mbx . ilsc - donations@army . mil . The ceremonial ammunition and rifle program is conducted in accordance with Title 10 , United States Code § 4683 ( as implemented by Army Regulation 700 - 131 ) .
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