Honoring a veteran can include a 21 rifle salute, a flag presentation ceremony, a graveside ceremony or even the playing of Taps.
No matter what you choose to include, such a service always shows your gratitude for their sacrifice and devotion.
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR A VETERAN:
When a veteran dies, his or her survivors may be entitled to veteran funeral benefits. Some of the benefits include:
- Grave site in any of the 135 National Cemeteries across the country
- Military funeral honors
- Opening and closing of the grave
- Perpetual care
- A government head stone
- A burial flag
All these are provided to the family at no cost, but the veteran must meet the eligibility requirements. These benefits may also be available to the surviving spouse and dependents, even if they precede the veteran in death.
In some cases, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs will pay partial reimbursement of an eligible Veteran’s burial and funeral cost. The amount varies and is determined by if the death is service related or not.
Because grave sites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance, it is our recommendation to make pre-arrangements with a funeral home. Families should be made aware of the wishes of the veteran and have knowledge of where the discharge paperwork is kept. This paperwork, specially the DD214 Report of Separation, is very important in establishing the eligibility.
For more information, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at www.cem.va.gov or:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
At the time of need you would contact us, and we will assist you with making burial arrangements at the national cemetery. We can be reached at (305) 631-0001.