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Honoring Veterans

At John D. O'Connor & Son Funeral Home, we strive to honor our country’s veterans in a dignified manner. Our veteran funeral services include anything your family needs to properly honor your loved one’s life.

 

 

What a Veteran Funeral Consists of

Eligible veterans can receive military funeral honors free of charge. Their eligibility will be determined by their DD-214 or discharge papers.

 

 

 

How They Are Honored

Depending on your loved one’s eligibility, they can receive a variety of veteran burial benefits and veteran death benefits. At a military funeral of an eligible veteran, they are entitled to the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps by a bugler or recording. An honor guard detail that includes at least two members of the Armed Forces performs these specific honors. One of the members needs to be a representative from the military branch the veteran served in. This will be the person who presents the flag at the service. 


Additional honors at a military funeral include: 

 

  • A three-volley rifle salute to represent duty, honor, and country
  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket
  • A final salute at the gravesite


Veteran Death Benefits

Along with coordinating veteran funeral services and the military funeral honors that come along with them, we can also help you contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:

 

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate: This certificate expresses our country’s recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed on the certificate, and it bears the President’s signature. 
  • Headstones or markers: Veterans and their eligible dependents may qualify for headstones or markers provided by the VA. 
  • Memorial plots: Sometimes the veteran’s remains are not available for burial. In these cases, the VA can provide a plot and a headstone or marker in a national cemetery. If you want to memorialize the veteran in a different cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot. 
  • Burial in a VA national cemetery: This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.
  • Veteran Burial Benefits: Some families may receive a reimbursement of burial expenses. To see if you qualify, and to learn more about the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review the Guide to VA Burial Allowances.

Additional Helpful Resources

Our team is here to assist your family in planning a military funeral. However, we know that fully understanding all the veteran burial benefits and veteran death benefits can be a little overwhelming at first. To help you get started, we have provided the links to some helpful resources below:

 

  • VA Burial Benefits and Memorial Items
  • Veterans' Funeral and Burial Benefits
  • Military Funeral Honors
  • Request Military Service Records

 

To learn more about our veteran funeral services, contact us here. Let’s work together to honor your veteran with the funeral service they deserve.

 

 

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