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When a military veteran passes, you have the option of giving them a military funeral, with or without honors. You have a lot to think about, from what cemetery to have the services in, to deciding if they will have a burial service or memorial service. Here are some things to consider when you begin planning the military funeral and deciding where it will be held. (For more information on options for military funerals, contact Hartsell Funeral Home or another establishment)
Choosing the Cemetery
Your first decision to make is deciding whether the military funeral will be held in a private cemetery or a military cemetery. If you choose a private cemetery, speak to the funeral director about making special arrangements for a military funeral. If you want reimbursement for the expenses, the funeral director may be able to point you in the right direction, but you do need to make these expenses up front. For a military cemetery, you can choose a state veteran cemetery, a cemetery run by the National Park Service, or the Arlington military cemetery.
Paying for the Funeral
If you choose a military cemetery, they will first ask for documentation that shows the veteran's status and that they are eligible for veteran services, including funeral services. If they are, the military cemetery will accept them and all services will be paid for. However, if you are burying them at a private cemetery, you need to fill out a form after services have been rendered, requesting reimbursement of what you spent for the burial and funeral services.
Headstones and Markers
One of the special features included in a military funeral is that of a military headstone and marker. You can choose from different types and materials for the headstone and marker, including flat marble, upright marble, flat granite or flat bronze. You will also be able to inscribe them with your loved one's name, the date they were born and died, and their branch of service. Aside from this, there are other inscription options, such as including their military grade or rank, what war they served, an emblem that shows their beliefs, or recognition of an award they won, such as the Purple Heart.
Military Funeral With Honors
All military funerals include the flag folding and flag presentation if you request it, but you can also have military honors at the funeral. The person who passed must be eligible for honors. To be eligible, they will need to be in the Selected Reserve or a military member that was on active duty when they passed, be a former military member that was departed for reasons other than dishonorably discharged, or be a former military member who had at least one term of enlistment.Share