Military Funeral Services
At Jones Funeral Home, it is a major honor for us to pay tribute to veterans that have left us. We perform beautiful military funeral services that recognizes their bravery and sacrifice. Providing quality military funeral honors is our small way of thanking veterans for serving our country and fighting for our freedom.
It is crucial that family members notify one of our funeral directors that their loved one was a member of the military. We can then contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the appropriate armed forces branch (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard) to see if your loved one is eligible to receive military death benefits. Below we have outlined some circumstances where your loved one would be eligible to receive military death benefits:
Your loved one was a military member on active duty or was in the Selected Reserve.
Your loved one was a former military member who served on active duty and left the military under honorable conditions.
Your loved one completed at least one term of enlistment or a period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and left under honorable conditions.
Your loved one was a former military member from the Selected Reserve that was discharged due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
It would be ideal if you could provide us with your loved one’s DD From 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Having this form will help expeite the application for obtaining military death benefits. You can obtain this form online from the National Archives. However, if you do not have the form we can obtain it on your behalf.
Becoming eligible for military death benefits can be complex, but that is what we are her for. We take care of the entire process, and will get the military death benefits that your loved one deserves.
Create a Beautiful Veteran Funeral Ceremony
Reach out to us so we can ensure your loved one receives the military funerals that he/she deserves.
Honor Your Veteran
What does a Veteran Funeral Ceremony Consist of?
On January 1, 2000, Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act was enacted. It became law that the United States Armed Forces must provide all eligible veterans with military funeral honors if requested by his or her family. There will be an honor guard detail of at least two members of the Armed Forces present for all military funerals. One member will be a representative of the branch of armed forces that the deceased veteran was a part of. At a minimum the honor guard detail will perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps.
Playing of Taps
Military Death Benefits
Below are a few of the common features that military death benefits provide and cover. The veteran may or may not be eligible for these benefits depending on his or her status and situation.
- A gravesite at any of the 136 Veteran Affairs’ National Cemeteries
- As an alternative to the National cemeteries operated by the Veteran Affairs, many states have established state veteran cemeteries. Eligibility is quite similar to the ones outlined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but may include residency requirements.
- Most veterans are eligible to receive a headstone, marker, or medallion at no cost. The flat markers are available in granite, marble, and bronze. The headstones are available in granite and marble.
- Presidential Memorial Certificate
- As already mentioned an American flag is provided, at no cost, to drape over the casket or accompany the urn of the deceased veteran.
- Burial Allowances refer to the flat monetary sum that is paid to cover the Veteran’s funeral costs.
- The casket may transported via a horse-drawn limbers and caissons
- Fighter jets may perform an aerial flyover
- A gun salute. The number of shots fired depends on the veterans rank.
- For funerals of commanding officers, a riderless horse that represents a fallen leader will usually follow the horse-drawn hearse
Military.com. (2018). Military funeral honors. Retrieved from: https://www.military.com/benefits/burial-and-memorial/military-funeral-honors.html
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2018). Burial Benefits. Retrieved from: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/index.asp
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2018). Military funeral honors. Retrieved from: https://www.cem.va.gov/military_funeral_honors.asp
Wikipedia. (2018). Military funerals in the United States. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_funerals_in_the_United_States