Eligible veterans are entitled to the presentation of a VA-issued United States flag to the next of kin. There may also be a three-volley rifle salute and sounding of Taps. These honors are performed by an honor guard detail that consists of members of a veteran’s service organization or active duty service members. Military honors are traditionally performed at the graveside, but are often done at the funeral home or church at the conclusion of the service.
In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the County Veterans Service Office or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:
- A Presidential Memorial Certificate: This is a certificate expressing the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed, and the certificate bears the signature of the President.
- Headstone or marker: The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state, or military cemeteries.
- Burial in a State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs or VA National Cemetery: This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, and perpetual care.
- Reimbursement of burial expenses: In some circumstances, family members of veterans may receive reimbursement for burial expenses. Reimbursement often applies when a death is considered service connected, or when the death occurred while the veteran was in care at a VA facility. We can assist in contacting the Veterans Administration to see if these benefits would apply.
Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs..Click on VA Benefits and look underneath the Burials & Memorials heading.
- State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Click on Cemeteries & Honors heading.