Depending on the eligibility of military veterans, the funeral services can be heavily discounted or free of charge, which is significant for military families developing a funeral payment plan. Among the many military benefits provided for funeral services, the VA also offers cash allowances to families to help defray funeral financing.
In order to be eligible for military funeral services, individuals must meet one of the following criteria:
If you’re planning a funeral for a member of the military, here are some options for putting together a thoughtful tribute to the military member.
This is no cost to a family member, next of kin, or friend, and the flag can be draped over a casket or placed under an urn. Generally, a family member keeps it as a keepsake. To secure a burial flag, fill out this application here.
Your military family member might be eligible for burial at Arlington Cemetery or at one of 135 national cemeteries in 40 states (and Puerto Rico). They might also be eligible for inurnment. It’s important to ask your military member where they would like to be buried or have their remains scattered.
This funeral tradition on a military vessel is limited to active-duty members who were honorably discharged, especially appropriate for Navy men and women. However, family members are not allowed to be on the vessel during the ceremony, and the commanding officer of the ship sends the family a letter, photos, and a chart showing where the ceremony was performed.
If your military member would like to be buried in a specific state veterans’ cemetery, there are some residence requirements. Visit the State Veterans’ Cemetery directory here.
The Department of Veteran Affairs will provide headstones/markers for military members upon request at no charge. Those who are allowed to apply for the headstone include the military member’s next of kin, authorized representative of the deceased, or authorized representative of next-of-kin.
This certificate thanks the military member for their service, with the veteran’s name and a signature from the President of the United States.
When it comes to military funeral services, Funeral Help is here to help: we finance funeral loans for families planning the perfect memorial to honor their military member.