Our Post often gets inquiries about veterans memorial services, flags, and funeral honors for a departed family member. It is usually just before a planned service. At our meetings we often talk about this situation and how to better assist families in need.
The VA provides cemetery plots for all honorably discharged veterans. This includes the opening of the grave, burial, and funeral honors and presentation of a flag to the family. There is no cost to the family. There are procedures to follow and they are fairly easy to accomplish. You can even apply on-line for Pre-Need Burial Eligibility. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
We encourage all veterans to have a discussion with their family about their desires. This includes the memorial service and location of wills, special instructions, and their Record of Discharge and Release from Active Duty (DD Form 214). The DD Form 214 proves entitlement. Lost or misplaced DD Form 214’s can be obtained from the National Archives. You do not have to hire anyone to obtain a veteran’s DD Form 214. It is a no cost service, but it will take time to obtain. Do not wait. Keep this important document with the veteran’s important papers.
Of course, preparation and transportation of a veteran’s remains or cremains are not a service of the VA.
Veterans are encouraged to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars and our post. There are many opportunities to serve local veterans and their families. We need active veterans to provide assistance and serve on committees that provide scholarships, help veterans, provide advice and assistance, and more. Contact us to join and make a difference where it counts.