Military Funeral Services
At Thibadeau Mortuary Service, we are proud to pay tribute to veterans that have passed. away. We organize and execute military funeral services that deservingly recognizes the bravery and sacrifice of veterans. Providing quality military funeral honors is our small way to show our appreciation for the service of veterans.
To be eligible for military death benefits, it is critical that you inform us that your loved one was a member of the military as soon as possible. That way we can contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the appropriate military branch (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard) to see if your loved one is eligible and to begin the process. Below we have outlined some circumstances where your loved one would be eligible to receive military death benefits:
Your loved one was a military member on active duty or was in the Selected Reserve.
Your loved one was a former military member who served on active duty and left the military under honorable conditions.
Your loved one completed at least one term of enlistment or a period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and left under honorable conditions.
Your loved one was a former military member from the Selected Reserve that was discharged due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
To help expedite the application process, provide our funeral home with your loved one’s DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. You can request the form online from the National Archives. However, our funeral directors can ask and get the form on your behalf.
The application process for military death benefits can be a bit tricky, but our funeral directors are here to help. We handle the entire process, and will ensure your loved one receives the military death benefits that he/she deserves.
Plan a Memorable Military Funeral Service
Contact us today, so we can give your loved one the veteran funeral ceremony that he/she deserves. We are very proud to honor those that fought for our country. These individuals warrant a special ceremony to honor their life.
Pay Tribute to Your Veteran
What’s Involved in a Military Funeral Service?
On January 1, 2000, it became law that the United States Armed Forces offer military funeral honors to all eligible veterans if they are requested by the family. At all military funerals an honor guard detail of at least two members of the Armed Forces will be present. One of the members will be apart of the military branch that the deceased was apart of. At the very least, the honor guard detail will perform the playing of Taps and will fold and present the American flag to the family.
Playing of Taps
Military Death Benefits
Below, we detail some military death benefits that your loved one could be eligible for:
- Presidential Memorial Certificate
- A plot at any of the 136 Veteran Affairs’ National Cemeteries
- Another option to national cemeteries are state veteran cemeteries. Eligibility is quite similar to the ones outlined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but may include residency requirements. Take a look at the full list here.
- Most veterans are eligible to receive a headstone, marker, or medallion at no cost. The flat markers are available in granite, marble, and bronze. The headstones are available in granite and marble.
- An American flag is provided at no charge to lie over the casket or accompany the urn
- Burial Allowances refer to the flat monetary sum that is paid to cover the Veteran’s funeral costs.
- A gun salute. The number of shots fired is in accordance with the rank of the veteran.
- The casket may be transferred via a horse-drawn limbers and caissons
- For funerals of commanding officers, a riderless horse that represents a fallen leader will usually follow the horse-drawn hearse
- Fighter jets may perform an aerial flyover
Military.com. (2018). Military funeral honors. Retrieved from: https://www.military.com/benefits/burial-and-memorial/military-funeral-honors.html
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2018). Burial Benefits. Retrieved from: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/index.asp
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2018). Military funeral honors. Retrieved from: https://www.cem.va.gov/military_funeral_honors.asp
Wikipedia. (2018). Military funerals in the United States. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_funerals_in_the_United_States