What is a Veteran?
A veteran – whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including my life.” That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
It is certainly true different veterans benefits apply for different circumstances. Disabled veterans receive monthly cash compensation. Retired (20 year) veterans, get a monthly pension check.
All veterans, with one day of active duty, are entitled to free cemetery space in any National Cemetery including their spouse! This includes graves, burial vaults, double marker, perpetual care and opening and closing.
If you have questions about your status as a veteran, and your specific benefits call us at (800) 467-7850.
Military honors are available to all veterans regardless of rank or location of burial. If you are retired military with 20 years or more of service, we will call and request an active duty honor guard from your branch of service. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding and presentation to next of kin, rifle salute and the playing of TAPS. The military does not accept payment or gratuities for these services under any circumstance.
Honorably Discharged Veterans with less than 20 years
Currently, we call volunteer, local veterans groups for Military Honors requests. Typically these are retired veterans with incredible service histories. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding, presentation and the playing of TAPS. Rifle Salute is not regulation but is often offered. Payment is not required but these groups accept donations.
We will provide a direct cremation or a direct burial with burial at any National Cemetery for any veteran who dies in a Veterans Administration Medical Center for whatever VA burial benefits are available for these services.
We are here to help you find any financial assistance that may apply to you. Ask us about Veterans Death Benefits. We’ll even prepare the claim for you.
We promote the use of Veterans Cemeteries. We understand that they are a small drive from you. Remember, it is an honor to be buried in a National Cemetery!
All honorably discharged Veterans, their spouses and dependent children are entitled to free grave space, a cemetery marker and burial vaults at any National Cemetery. They are owned by the American people for the exclusive use of Veterans. This benefit saves your family up to six thousand dollars.
Find a National Cemetery near you
If you have the DD214 but have lost or misplaced medals such as a purple heart, a bronze star or a theatre ribbon, we can order it for you. Costs vary depending on each individual medal.
Wood Flag Cases
The Military provides a wood flag case for active duty deaths. For all other veterans, we stock wood flag cases. Costs vary according to quality of materials used in construction.