Military funeral honors are provided to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of our nation’s veterans.
Veterans & Military Funeral Honors
You've successfully transitioned out of the military. What does life hold for you as a civilian? Learn about the veteran benefits you’ve earned – in education, training, job help, health, housing and assistance, even Military Funeral Honors – and about all the programs that can help you make the most of your life as a veteran.
Questions? As you make prearrangements, ensure your funeral director/planner has a copy of your DD Form 214 or other discharge paper and knows where to find the Military Funeral Honors coordinator listed in the Military Funeral Honors Directory or the number to call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.
The Gold Star Lapel Button Program has expanded to include stepsiblings among survivors eligible for the honor of receiving and wearing a pin recognizing the loss of their service member.
If you’re a survivor of a service member who has died on active duty, you may have the option of taking extra time to file your tax return.
One of the most valuable assets to service members is their military ID. The Department of Defense issues distinct identification cards to uniformed service members, their family members and other eligible individuals to serve as proof of the cardholder’s identity and Department of Defense affiliation.
From the folding of the flag to the sounding of Taps, here is a guide to what you can expect during military funeral honors.