Advice for Preparing for a Military Funeral
When you are planning a funeral service for a veteran, you have access to certain benefits awarded to those who have served our country. The funeral director at your funeral home can help you determine what funeral and burial service benefits your loved one is eligible for, and may be able to help you coordinate these benefits through the VA. Here is some helpful advice for arranging a funeral and burial service for a member of the military.
Prepare the Necessary Information for the Funeral Director
The funeral director at your funeral home will need certain information in order to begin coordinating your loved one’s funeral services. He’ll need to know if your loved one received an honorable discharge, and will then contact the closest field office responsible for processing military funeral requests.
Determine Which Cemetery You Want to Use
A veteran can be buried in a national cemetery, a state veteran’s cemetery, a National Parks Service cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, or in a private cemetery. If you choose anything other than a private cemetery, you will need to provide proof of your loved one’s eligibility. Your funeral home director will handle most of the details of the burial service, and the government will cover most of the expenses. If you choose a private cemetery, your funeral home director can take care of the funeral and burial service arrangements, but you will need to seek reimbursement for expenses on your own.
Arrange Military Funeral Honors
Your loved one may be entitled to military funeral honors, which can be arranged by contacting the honor guard representative for the branch of the military in which he served. You can also obtain a veteran’s gravestone and a burial flag by contacting your regional VA office.
If you’re planning funeral services on Oahu, HI for a veteran, come see us at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Our compassionate funeral home staff has extensive experience arranging funeral and burial services for veterans. To learn more about our funeral home and services, call us today at (808) 239-8811.
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