We honor those that served our country and take pride in the options that we offer to the families of our veterans. Not only will our funeral home staff help with all military funeral arrangements and we will also procure an American Flag for every eligible veteran.
Below are some resources that will be helpful to those families planning a funeral for a veteran.
The first step is to verify that the deceased is an eligible veteran. You can do so by clicking here and going through the checklist provided by the Veteran's Administration.
A veteran can receive a military funeral in a military or private cemetery. The choice affects how arrangements are made for that veteran's military funeral.
Based upon eligibility, a veteran may be buried in a national cemetery, Arlington, a National Park Service cemetery, or a state veterans cemetery. If one of these resting places is chosen, our funeral directors will assist with the arrangements. However, a DD Form 214, must be presented.
If the veteran is buried in a private cemetery, our funeral directors can help you set up the military arrangements, but you will have to seek reimbursement for the expenses. You will have to provide proof of the veteran's eligibility, such as DD Form 214, to receive military funeral honors.
If you choose to have your loved one buried in a private cemetery and you want to be reimbursed for funeral and burial expenses, you can apply by filling out VA Form 21P-530, Application for Burial Benefits.
When supplying proof of eligibility or other official records, do not send original documents because they will not be returned.
We can arrange for military funeral honors by contacting the honor guard representative for the branch of the military in which the deceased served.
When burial is in a national cemetery, National Park cemetery, or state veterans cemetery, the cemetery officials order a headstone or marker and use inscription information provided by the next of kin.
When burial is in a private cemetery, the next of kin or a representative, such as a funeral director, must submit VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker for Installation in a Private Cemetery or a State Veterans Cemetery, along with the veteran's military discharge documents, to request a government-provided headstone or marker.
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