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Honoring Veterans

The men and women of our armed forces have made untold sacrifices to serve our country. We are deeply thankful for their service, and are committed to honoring them with dignified military funeral services.

If you or your loved one served in the military, there are many benefits you should know about, and we are here to help you navigate this process and answer any questions you might have. We are dedicated to helping you or your loved one receive a dignified military funeral and all associated honors.

 

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Military Funeral Eligibility

Military funeral honors are provided to veterans free of charge in honor of their many sacrifices. Eligibility can be verified by the veteran’s form DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. This form can be obtained through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website, or by filling out a Standard Form 180, also obtainable from the VA website, and mailing it to the following address:

 

National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)
1 Archives Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63138

 

Eligible members of the armed forces include:

  • Military members who died while on active duty.
  • Veterans who served in active service or selected reserves and were discharged or released by means of an “honorable” or “under honorable conditions” discharge.
  • Members of the Commissioned Officers Corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Certain civilian or contractual groups who have been named active-duty designees for the military, Navy or Air Force services.

Traditional Military Funeral Honors

Military funeral honors offer a final gesture of gratitude and dignity for those who have served our country. Once you request a military funeral for yourself or your loved one, there are several honors that can take place, including, at minimum, the playing of “Taps” by a bugler or recording, and the folding and presentation of the flag to the next of kin.

 

Honors can also include a three-volley rifle salute to represent duty, honor and country, the draping of the flag over the casket, and a graveside final salute. These honors will be performed by two active members of the armed forces, including one from the branch in which you or your loved one served.

 

Other Benefits For Veterans

There are many additional benefits available to veterans aside from the funeral service itself. We can help you work with the VA to arrange for a number of associated benefits, including:

  • Burial in a national cemetery
  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate
  • A headstone or marker

We are dedicated to caring for veterans and their families. If you have any questions about veterans’ benefits, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for you in your time of need.


 

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19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA


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