The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veterans' family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces.
The Funeral Honors rendered to you or your veteran will be determined by the status of the veteran. The type of Funeral Honors may be Full Military Honors, 7 Person Detail or a Standard Honors Team Detail.
At least one of the funeral honors detail will be from the Armed Force in which the deceased veteran served. Taps may be played by a bugler or, if a bugler is not available, by using a quality recorded version. Military Funeral Honor Teams may act as Pall Bearers if requested by the veteran/family.
Our Thanks to You
The sacrifices the men and women make in the past and present to defend our country should never go unnoticed. All branches of the military will receive a special package discount in honor of their service to our country, we feel this is the least we can do. We will make sure all military honors are worked out through the military to make sure you receive the honors you deserve. It is an honor to serve every veteran that served for us and to ensure there twenty one gun goodbye is of the highest regard.
The respect and honor doesn't extend to just military, but to the men and women putting there life on the line everyday in our own communities, now and in the past. All law enforcement officers and fire fighters will also receive a special package discount in honor of your duties. The entire staff of Brown's Family Funeral Home would like to extend there sincere appreciation to all the men and women who are, and have sacrificed for there country and community.
What is needed for military honors?
All veterans wanting to receive military honors need to be able to provide there DD214, original proof of an honorable discharge. Any military paperwork is helpful. The extent of honors is based on how many years of service.
Veteran Package - $4,000.00
A complete GPL,CPL,and OPL will be provided at the funeral home. We have included everything on our price list including your choice of two military 20 gauge sealing caskets and a concrete box.
How do I get the free VA marker?
We will feel out all the forms necessary for the Government to manufacture your marker. The information from your DD214 is all we will need to get it ordered. When it arrives our staff will take it to the cemetery and place it either at the foot or the head of the grave, whichever the family desires.
Public Servant package - $4,000.00
A complete copy of the GPL,CPL, and OPL will be provided at the funeral home. We have included everything on our price list including your choice of three 20 gauge sealing caskets and a concrete box.
WILL MY BENEFITS PAY FOR MY FUNERAL?
All police officers and firefighters have a pension with a death benefit. This benefit will pay for your funeral so your family has no out of pocket expenses. We will fill out all the proper paper work and send it to the state for your family. if there are any funds left over the balance will be returned to the family.
Who is Eligible for Military Funeral Honors?
Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
WHO IS not ELIGIBLE FOR MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS?
Any person separated from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions or whose character of service results in a bar to veteran's benefits.
Any person who was ordered to report to an induction station, but was not actually inducted into military service.
Any person discharged from the Selected Reserve prior to completing one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service for reasons other than a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
Any person convicted of a Federal or State capital crime sentenced to death or life imprisonment.
How do I establish Veteran Eligibility?
The preferred method is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. If the DD Form 214 is not available, any discharge document showing other than dishonorable service can be used. The DD Form 214 may be obtained by filling out a Standard Form 180 and sending it to:
National Personnel Records Center(NPRC) 9700 Page Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132
Is anyone else eligible to receive Funeral Honors?
Yes. Members of the Commissioned Officer Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as members of a Uniformed Service, are also eligible to receive funeral honors.
FOR NOAA PERSONNEL
Eligibility is established using NOAA Form 56-16, Report of Transfer or Discharge. If the family does not have a copy of the NOAA Form 56-16, it may by obtained by contacting the Chief, Officer Services Division, NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center at (301) 713-7715. or by writing:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Personnel Center Chief, Officer Services Division (CPC1) 1315 East-West Highway, Room 12100 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
FOR PHS PERSONNEL
Funeral honors eligibility is established using PHS Form 1867, Statement of Service (equivalent to the DD Form 214). If the family does not have a copy of the Statement of Service, it may be obtained by contacting the Privacy Coordinator for the Commissioned Corps at (240) 453-6041 or writing:
Division of Commissioned Personnel/HRS/PSC Attention: Privacy Act Coordinator 5600 Fishers Lane 4-36 Rockville, Maryland 20857
We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.
If you need our services immediately, please call us. We will begin the process of bringing your loved one into our care right away.
Our support in your time of need does not end after the funeral services. Enter your email below to receive a grief support message from us each day for a year. You can unsubscribe at any time.