Veteran Funeral Services
Chas. Verheyden Inc. believes the story of every veteran's life deserves to be shared. We are deeply committed to providing families with exceptional veterans services and can assist you in securing military burial benefits. When it comes time for you to make arrangements for the veteran in your life, know that our staff is both qualified and committed to providing them with the military honors they deserve.
It is important that family members tell one of our funeral directors that their loved one used to be apart of the military. Our staff can then contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the appropriate Military Service to see if your loved one is eligible to receive military death benefits. Below we have outlined some circumstances where your loved one would be eligible to receive military death benefits:
Your loved one was a military member on active duty or was in the Selected Reserve.
Your loved one was a former military member who served on active duty and left the military under honorable conditions.
Your loved one completed at least one term of enlistment or a period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and left under honorable conditions.
Your loved one was a former military member from the Selected Reserve that was discharged due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
Providing our funeral directors with your loved one’s DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, would be most helpful and would help expedite the application process. There is no concern if you do not have this form, our funeral directors can request it on your behalf. If you are interested in obtaining the form, you can request it online from the National Archives
Gaining military death benefits can be a bit complicated, but our funeral directors can take care of the entire process. They will take care of the entire application process and will explain to you the amount of benefits that your loved one can receive.
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What does a Military Funeral Consist of?
On January 1, 2000, Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act was enacted. It became law that the United States Armed Forces must provide all eligible veterans with military funeral honors if requested by his or her family. There will be an honor guard detail of at least two members of the Armed Forces present for all military funerals. One member will be a representative of the branch of armed forces that the deceased veteran was a part of. At a minimum the honor guard detail will perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps.
Playing of Taps
Military Death Benefits
Below are a few of the common features that military death benefits provide and cover. The veteran may or may not be eligible for these benefits depending on his or her status and situation.
A gravesite at any of the 136 Veteran Affairs’ National Cemeteries
As an alternative to the National cemeteries operated by the Veteran Affairs, many states have established state veteran cemeteries. Eligibility is quite similar to the ones outlined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but may include residency requirements.
Most veterans are eligible to receive a headstone, marker, or medallion at no cost. The flat markers are available in granite, marble, and bronze. The headstones are available in granite and marble.
Presidential Memorial Certificate
As already mentioned an American flag is provided, at no cost, to drape over the casket or accompany the urn of the deceased veteran.
Burial Allowances refer to the flat monetary sum that is paid to cover the Veteran’s funeral costs.
The casket may transported via a horse-drawn limbers and caissons
Fighter jets may perform an aerial flyover
A gun salute. The number of shots fired depends on the veterans rank.
For funerals of commanding officers, a riderless horse that represents a fallen leader will usually follow the horse-drawn hearse
Click here to get a list of Veteran Affair facilities in Michigan.
Call us at 313-881-8500 to learn how we can work together to pay tribute to your veteran.
Military.com. (2018). Military funeral honors. Retrieved from: https://www.military.com/benefits/burial-and-memorial/military-funeral-honors.html
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2018). Burial Benefits. Retrieved from: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/index.asp
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2018). Military funeral honors. Retrieved from: https://www.cem.va.gov/military_funeral_honors.asp
Wikipedia. (2018). Military funerals in the United States. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_funerals_in_the_United_States