The staff at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to be able to help the families of veterans. We can be helpful in obtaining military honors for all veterans, a flag, assisting in paperwork for burial benefits, headstones, and markers.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also offers resourceful information on their website at: http://www.va.gov/
Who is Eligible for Honors?
Military honors are free of charge and available to the following eligible individuals:
- Military members who die while on active duty, National Guard, or Reserve
- Veterans who served on active duty and departed on conditions other than dishonorable
- Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Former members of the Selected Reserve who were discharged due to a service related injury
What to Expect During Military Funeral Honors
Every eligible veteran will receive, at a minimum, a two-person uniformed detail to present the main elements of the funeral honors ceremony, which includes playing of Taps and the flag presentation protocol. A uniformed representative from the veteran's branch of service will present the flag by either draping it over the casket or accompanying an urn. The flag will then be folded into the symbolic triangle shape, and given to the family or next of kin as a memorable keepsake. A military aircraft flyover, color guard, pallbearers, a caisson, and rifle volley may be available in addition to the traditional honors, subject to eligibility, availability, and approval.
Additional Death Benefits Available to Veterans
A variety of additional benefits are available, aside from the funeral honors listed above. We take pride in working with you to help complete the necessary paperwork and coordinate with the VA to arrange for the following benefits, if you wish:
- Memorial items, such as headstones, markers and medallions, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate.
- Burial in a National or State Veterans Cemetery
- If the veteran is buried in a private cemetery, a burial allowance may be paid to reimburse the family for burial expenses and funeral costs.