AlWood senior Jack Bumann inspired one of the bills Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law during Veterans Day on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
Bumann attended the bill signing. He wore a shirt with the emblem of the Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps, a service organization for high school students who volunteer to play Taps at the funerals of veterans when a professional military bugler is not available.

AlWood senior Jack Bumann inspired one of the bills Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law during Veterans Day on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
Bumann attended the bill signing. He wore a shirt with the emblem of the Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps, a service organization for high school students who volunteer to play Taps at the funerals of veterans when a professional military bugler is not available.
State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) sponsored House Bill 4432, which allows students to take an excused absence for sounding Taps during military honors at funeral services for veterans, if the services are held in Illinois.
Bumann estimates that he has played Taps at the funerals of about two dozen fallen soldiers. He also played Taps during the Salute to Veterans on Sunday, June 5, in Andover.
The senior suggested the legislation to Moffitt.
“It really hits you when you hear it,” Bumann said. “You realize what it means and how many times it’s been played for how many different fallen soldiers. It’s a big part of our nation’s history.”
“The most important reason for passage of HB 4432 was to help make available to any family mourning the loss of a soldier or veteran the option of having Taps played as a live tribute as opposed to a recording,” said Moffitt.
“The signing of HB 4432 helps deliver an added level of honor and respect for the military person who has passed,” Moffitt said. “Additionally, the playing of Taps by a high school student at a military service is an excellent civics lesson for the student. It is a reminder that freedom is not free. It is only preserved by the service and dedication of our American soldiers.”
Rauner also signed another bill Moffitt helped pass. Senate Bill 3401 provides veterans with more flexibility in seeking addiction treatment and other mental health services.
The legislation allows Veterans Assistance Commissions to provide assessments, mentoring and treatment programs to veterans.
With more access to treatments, veterans may experience better end results following post-traumatic stress, brain injury or depression related to their service for the country.
Rauner also signed House Bill 5003, which requires all judicial circuits in Illinois to have a veterans and service members court program, which will be similar to drug courts. Veterans Court will give veterans better access to programs and solutions suited to their needs.
“These bills are common-sense measures to properly provide care for and serve our military members and veterans,” Moffitt said. “I am proud to help to honor them through our actions. Their sacrifices for our freedoms back home have earned them our respect, our honor, our gratitude and the best care we can provide for them.”