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Military Funeral Honors – The Essentials

Military Funeral Honors provides a final tribute to eligible veterans and a meaningful ceremony to their families. Military OneSource provides information to help you navigate the process to arrange Military Funeral Honors.

Here’s what you and your family need to know.

Determining eligibility for Military Funeral Honors

Funeral honors are provided to demonstrate the military and the nation’s deep gratitude for honorable service. Depending on discharge status and other factors, most veterans, active-duty service members and certain civilian or contractual groups who have been given active-duty determination are eligible for such honors. Read more information on eligibility for Military Funeral Honors.

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What to expect during Military Funeral Honors

Some of the traditions of Military Funeral Honors are well-known, such as the folding of the flag, the playing of Taps and the presence of a uniformed detail. Here is information about what a family of an eligible veteran can expect.

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Get the support you need when navigating the process

Your funeral director/planner can help you request Military Funeral Honors, and guide you to the necessary forms and applications, from determining eligibility to working with local veterans’ organizations. Military funeral honors are available at no cost to the family.

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