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There are many benefits available to eligible veterans at the time of death as a way for the Nation to show its gratitude for faithfully defending our country. The Veterans Administration has recently changed its laws to mandate the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for those eligible veterans who desire such honors. As part of the military honors, a flag is presented to the surviving family members. If desired, the Veterans Administration will also provide a headstone free of charge. Pennsylvania is fortunate to now have to excellent veterans cemeteries where eligible veterans can be buried or have ashes buried or entombed free of charge, with a small charge for the burial of a spouse or dependent child. In addition to burial benefits, Veterans currently residing in Pennsylvania are entitled to (10) death certificates free of charge. For more information about veterans, please visit : http://www.va.gov/ Below are some FAQs for veterans. 

What are the Military Funeral Honors? 

As provided by law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes that folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. Taps will be played by a bugler, if available, or by electronic recording. 

Who is eligible? 

  • Military members on active duty 
  • Military retirees 
  • Members and former members of the Selected Reserve 
  • Eligible U.S. veterans of any war 
  • Other U.S. veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable. 

What is needed to schedule interment? 

An original DD214 (Honorable Discharge papers) from the military, SSN, certificate of service and any form of Military ID that displays rank, serial number and name of Veteran. 

How much does a Military Funeral Honors detail cost? 

Military Funeral Honors are provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to the family. 

What can the family of an eligible veteran expect? 

The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony, which will be conducted on request, are flag folding, flag presentation and Taps. 

How much notice should be provided for the honors request? 

The Services request at least 48 hours in order to organize the funeral honors detail. 

(This information taken from U.S. Department of Defense Military Funeral Honors Funeral Director's Kit)

Veteran Cemetery: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia City Limits) 

A military cemetery is a site that can provide an honorable resting place for an eligible veteran and spouse. The cemetery administrators invite you and your family to come for a visit and enjoy the peaceful and beautifully groomed setting. 

Washington Crossing National Cemetery 

The new 205-acre national cemetery in southeastern Pennsylvania will serve veterans' needs for the next 50 years. The cemetery is located in Bucks County, north of the city of Philadelphia, about three miles northwest of Interstate 95, and less than three miles from Washington Crossing Historic Park. 

The following general information is taken from the Cemetery Website: 

Who is eligible? 

  • Any resident living with 75 miles of the cemetery who was honorably discharged from active service, peacetime or wartime, or reservist eligible for retirement pay at age 60. 
  • The veteran's spouse (peacetime or wartime) 
  • The veteran's dependents (unmarried, under age 21, or a verifiable lifelong dependency on the veteran) 

What is provided? 

  • Plot -next available (no preselection) 
  • Vault -Concrete Liner (double depth for veteran spouse) 
  • Marker -Standard U.S. Government flat bronze marker 
  • Perpetual care -Provided by the State 

What is the cost? 

  • Veteran
  • No cost 
  • Spouse/Dependent
  • No cost 

Veteran Benefits:

Spouses, Dependents, and Survivors

VA Spouse Benefits - https://explore.va.gov/spouses-dependents-survivors

Request VA Form 21P-534EZ (Survivors Pension)

Family members and dependents of Service members who have died or were seriously injured in the line of duty may be eligible for many types of VA benefits. These benefits may be used to advance in a career, get an education, or provide supplmenetary income. Surviving spouses may benefit from VA-guaranteed home loands, too

Do you need help locating a military record?

Discharge Papers/DD214 - Request Form SF-180


Additional Resources:

City of Philadelphia:

Dial 311 from your phone. To execute a will: ask for Register of Wills, questions about property: as for Deeds and Records

Attorney Resource

The Killino Firm, P.C.

Dean Owens II, Esq (21) 509-1299

Security Administration

Our funeral staff reported the deat, now apply for benefits by calling 1-800-772-1213


Additional Resources

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