Next of kin of eligible veterans will be presented with a United States flag at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of deceased veterans. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran’s military service to his or her country.
Family members may present the eligible veteran’s DD 214 or verification of military service to the funeral home representative during the time of need to ensure that the memorial service will include a U.S. Flag.
The Department of Defense is responsible for providing military funeral honors. “Honoring Those Who Served” is the title of the DOD program for providing dignified military funeral honors to veterans who have defended our nation.
Upon request of the family, every eligible veteran will receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of taps. Military funeral honors detail consists of two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the veteran’s parent service of the armed forces. Funeral home directors can request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family. Veteran organizations may assist in providing military funeral honors. When military funeral honors at a national cemetery are desired, they are arranged prior to the committal service by the funeral home.
A federal burial allowance up to $2,000 and a county burial allowance of $300 may be paid to a claimant on behalf of the veteran. A claimant is either the individual who paid the veteran’s burial expenses or the funeral home if this bill is unpaid at the time of application.
Generally speaking, a federal burial benefit is applicable if the veteran was in receipt of a monthly monetary benefit from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs or died in a VA facility or contracted facility.
Generally speaking, a county burial benefit of $300 is available if the veteran served during a war era and the estate is less than $40,000 if married or less than the cost of the funeral bill if unmarried at the time of passing. Contact a veteran’s benefits counselor for further clarification.