FREE BURIAL is available at all VA national cemeteries to any deceased veteran of wartime or peacetime service (other than training) who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Members of the Reserve and the Army and Air National Guard who die while performing or as a result of performing active duty for training may also be eligible. FREE BURIAL is also available to an eligible VETERANíS SPOUSE, minor child(ren) and, under certain conditions, to unmarried adult children.
Ensure That Your Wishes Are Fullfilled
Gravesites in VA national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance thru the VA, however each day more and more veterans are taking advantage of the VFMC FREE BURIAL REGISTATION PROGRAM. Taking advantage of this opportunity ensures that burial takes place in the closest VA National Cemetery and that final arrangement decisions are honored and respected. The VA prepares the gravesite, carries out the burial, furnishes a headstone or marker, and a flag and provides perpetual care.
The VA DOES NOT provide or pay for funeral or cremation arrangements or provide transportation or military honors. Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium are experts in arranging, directing and coordinating all of the details surrounding the death of a veteran or veteranís family member. We understand the needs of families who have experienced a loss and offer advice and support to bereaved families who are coping with the death of a loved one.
Military Funeral Honors
"Honoring Those Who Served" is the title of the Dept. of Defense program for providing dignified military funeral honors to veterans who have defended our nation. Upon a family's request, the law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony to include folding and presenting of the U.S. burial flag and the playing of "Taps". The law defines a military honors detail as consisting of two or more uniformed military persons with at least one member of the veteran's parent service of the armed forces. The Dept. of Defense program calls for the funeral home to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteranís family.