I was never in the military, but I spent over 30 years in federal law enforcement, and when the time comes...I WANT taps. There are lots of law enforcement personnel killed, who weren't military, and they get taps and/or amazing grace. But...I figure I've served my country and "earned" both a flag and taps. I'm as proud of what I did as any Marine is of his profession, and I'm darn proud of this country, (no political statement...just the people, the place, the life we all (hopefully) enjoy). I've been in the snow, rain, crud, and all sorts of hell-holes in this country; I've been shot at and otherwise made uncomfortable, allegedly for the "nation's and public's good". And, I still do "consulting" work for the federal law enforcement, military and intelligence communities.