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Honoring Veterans

We are proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans and giving back to those whose sacrifice and patriotism define our great nation. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service.

We would be honored to help you make arrangements for all military tributes.

Traditional Elements & Honors of the Funeral Service

Honors for all Veterans at Saul Funeral Homes include:

  • Transferring your loved veteran into our care under the drape of the flag of the United States of America
  • The display of a military flag (specific to the veteran’s branch of service) on the outside of the funeral home on the days of their visitation and funeral service
  • The display of a military emblem (specific to the veteran's branch of service) on their casket drape
  • The display of a military emblem (specific to the veteran’s branch of service) on their hearse or funeral service vehicle

 

Full Military Honor Funerals can include:

  • The flag of the United States of America draped over the casket, and presented to the next of kin during the funeral service by the veteran’s branch of service
  • The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or an audio recording
  • A 21-gun salute, depending on their rank

 

An original or copy of the veteran’s military discharge paperwork (DD214) is required for any form of military honors to be presented. If you are not in possession of the appropriate discharge paperwork, burial with military honors can be delayed by potentially ten business days while proper paperwork is procured. To request a copy of a veteran’s discharge papers, please visit National Archives for Standard Form 180-Request Pertaining to Military Records.


Other Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can also arrange or help you communicate with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)for the following:

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate. This is a certificate expressing the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed, and the certificate bears the signature of the President of the United States of America. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Our funeral home will obtain this certificate for all veterans’ families in possession of official military discharge paperwork.
  • Headstones or Markers. The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state veteran or military cemeteries.
  • Memorial Plots. If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.
  • Burial in a VA National Cemetery. This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a basic concrete liner to serve as the vault/outer burial container, and perpetual care.
  • Reimbursement of Burial Expenses. For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.


Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:

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