The Authorized Provider Partnership Program allows the use of community volunteers to augment the legislated two-person uniformed detail for veteran funerals. This Department of Defense program is authorized by Section 1491(d) of Title 10, U.S Code. The program allows military units to train volunteers in order to assist with the rendering of military funeral honors and the adding of additional elements to the funeral service.
The Department of Defense developed a program whereby local units (be they active, guard or reserve) work with and train their local veteran honor guard members and other appropriate volunteers. In many cases, the veteran service organizations may have been performing funeral honors as long as or longer than the military unit. The purpose of the training is to ensure a professional, well-coordinated and dignified rendering of honors.
For an individual or group to be recognized as an authorized provider under the program, they must receive training and be recognized by the individual service who has requested their support. Recognition as an authorized provider is service specific.
The secretary of a military department may provide a daily stipend for a person who participates in the military funeral honors detail and is not a member of the armed forces or an employee of the United States.
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