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Military Funeral Honors Eligibility

Military funeral honors are provided to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of our nation’s veterans.

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Military Funeral Honors — A Hero’s Grace

This video honors those who have served their country, including a poem that pays tribute to their honorable and faithful service. It also provides an overview for funeral planners of military funeral honors elements.. …
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What to Expect During Military Funeral Honors

From the folding of the flag to the sounding of Taps, here is a guide to what you can expect during military funeral honors.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Military Funeral Honors

The Military Funeral Honors program includes several key elements that your casualty assistance officer or Military Funeral Honors coordinator can guide you through. In addition, here are some frequently asked questions and answers to navigating the traditional process.

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Funeral and Burial Benefits for Service Members

The military ensures that service members who die on active duty receive recognition and proper burial services, and that their survivors are provided support.

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Making Funeral and Final Arrangements

Your casualty assistance officer, or CAO, or mortuary officer is there to assist you with making funeral and burial arrangements in honor of your loved one’s service and sacrifice.

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What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning ensures that you have your affairs in order for your loved ones in the event of your death and makes sure they are cared for according to your wishes.

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Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representatives

The National Defense Authorization Act 2014, Section 633, requires each secretary of a military department to designate a specific member to assist spouses and other dependents of service members, including Reserve Components, who die on active duty.

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Grief and Loss of a Loved One, The Days Ahead

Grief is a natural response when a loved one dies. How you grieve depends on your personality, your life experiences, the nature of your loss and your coping style.

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Accessing Your Online Survivor Benefits Reports

Survivors can access their interactive Online Survivor Benefits Report through an updated process using a linked email address.

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Stepsiblings Now Included in Gold Star Lapel Button Program

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.

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Understanding the Role of the Casualty Assistance Officer

In its effort to ensure that military families have support in their time of need when a service member is declared deceased, whereabouts unknown or missing, the Department of Defense’s Casualty Assistance Program assigns a dedicated casualty assistance officer to advise and assist the primary next of kin.

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Overview of Casualty Assistance

The Defense Department Casualty Assistance program ensures that military families have support in their time of need, including understanding all benefits and other forms of assistance.

Military Funeral Honors

Funeral planners or family members of eligible deceased veterans may request funeral honors by contacting a representative at the number listed in the Military Funeral Honors Directory for their area. They can also. …
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Military Funeral Honors

This podcast covers events from the 2022 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Convention and how such events help the Defense Department in providing military funeral honors.
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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.

Funeral Director’s and Planner’s Resources

Military OneSource provides funeral directors and planners with helpful information and resources to coordinate military funeral honors. For assistance requesting military funeral honors, use the . …

Authorized Provider Partnership Program

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 . …