Honoring Those Who Served
The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the nation's deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide to the veteran's family.
A Department of Defense website (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/mfh) provides a wealth of information about Military Funeral Honors as well as a resource tool for funeral directors as they assist veterans' families by arranging Military Funeral Honors. Some of the information on the website includes:
Who is eligible for Military Funeral Honors?
• Military members who died while on active duty or in the Selected Reserve
• Former military members who served on active duty or in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
• Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
What services can the family of an eligible veteran expect?
By law, military units are required to provide, at a minimum, a two-person uniformed detail to present the core elements of the Funeral Honors ceremony. The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony are:
• Playing of Taps
• Flag folding
• Flag presentation
What additional Funeral Honors elements could be provided if personnel and resources are available?
• Rifle detail
• Color guard
• Military flyover
You may apply for the burial flag by completing VA Form 27-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes found at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-27-2008-ARE.pdf. You may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help you obtain the flag.
• Burial flags are provided at no cost.
• After the burial, the flag will be presented to the veteran's next of kin. If no claim is made for the flag by the next of kin, it may be given, upon request, to a close friend or associate of the deceased veteran.
• Additional information can be obtained from the VA's website
Army Military Service Coordinator
Military Funeral Honors Team
Address: U.S. Army Human Resources Command The Adjutant General Of the United States Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center AHRC-PDC-P 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405
Additional subjects explained on the DOD Military Funeral Honors website
• Governing Laws
• Department of Defense Policy and Service Regulations
• Military Service Coordinators
• Funeral Directors' Information
• Authorized Provider Partnership Program (AP³)
• Flag Presentation Protocol and Flag Folding
• Ceremonial Bugle
• Military Fly-Over
• Burial at Sea
• National Cemeteries
• History of Taps and the Gun Salute