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Veteran Services

 

Traditional Honors

Eligible veterans receive the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps by a bugler or recording. These honors are performed by an honor guard detail that has at least two members of the Armed Forces. One member must be a representative from the branch in which the veteran served, and this member presents the flag.

Honors also can include:

  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket
  • A three-volley rifle salute to represent duty, honor, and country
  • A final salute at the gravesite



Veteran Benefits

In addition to honoring your veteran during the service, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may also provide:

  • Headstones: The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state, or military cemeteries. 
    Download VA Form 40-1330 to order a Standard Government Headstone.
  • Medallion: The VA provides a medallion to be placed on a privately purchased headstone or marker as an alternative to the Standard Goverment Headstone options. 
    Download VA Form 40-1330M to order a medallion.
  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate: This certificate shows the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. It includes the veteran's name and the signature of the President. 
    Download VA Form 40-0247 to order a Presidential Memorial Certificate.
  • Memorial plots: If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA can provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you want to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot.
  • Burial in a national cemetery: This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.
  • Reimbursement of burial: For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review the Guide to VA Burial Allowances.



Eligibility

Military funeral honors are free and mandated by law for eligible veterans. Eligibility is verified by the veteran’s DD-214, or discharge papers. Eligible members are:

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed with honorable conditions.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under honorable conditions.

Other Resources

Check out these resources for more information about honoring veterans and military funerals:

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