VETERAN'S FUNERAL BENEFITS Chattanooga
Requesting the Honor Guard locally. Covenant Funeral & Crematory will make the arrangements for the Honor Guard for you.
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Department of Veteran Affairs provides a flag to be draped over the casket and
presented to the next of kin free of charge. Covenant Funeral & Crematory will help you
get the flag or you may go to any local veterans office or post office, fill out
a flag for burial form and receive a flag there.
Who is eligible?
Veterans, service members and dependents are eligible for burial in one of VA's 117 national cemeteries. An eligible veteran must have been discharged or separated from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and have completed the required period of service. Persons entitled to retired pay as a result of 20 years creditable service with a reserve component are also eligible. A U.S. citizen who served in the armed forces of a government allied with the United States in a war also may be eligible.
Spouses and minor children of eligible veterans and of service members also may be buried in a national cemetery. It does not matter who precedes whom in death for this benefit. Surviving spouses of veterans who married non-veterans are now eligible for burial in national cemeteries when the death of the surviving spouse occurs on or after January 1, 2000.
What are the benefits?
Burial benefits in a VA national cemetery include the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, the headstone or marker and providing the interment site with perpetual care. A grave-liner is also provided. Many national cemeteries have columbaria or special gravesites for cremated remains. Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee has identified obstructed graves as sites for cremated remains. Both flat granite and upright marble headstones are available and provided at government's expense. The government now offers free of charge, an optional inscription at the bottom of the headstone if space permits. In order to expedite headstone arrival, families need to provide their desired term of endearment at the time of the committal service.
Gravesites in national cemeteries cannot be reserved. Funeral directors or others making burial arrangements must apply at the time of death. Cemeteries do not provide military honors but may make referrals to military units or volunteer groups. The flag should drape the casket of the veteran upon entrance to the national cemetery and the casket may NOT be opened after entering the cemetery.
National Cemeteries/VA Cemeteries
Information Provided By
Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Disabled Veterans Death Benefits is a WEB Site that explains if the veteran died because of a service-related disability OR the veteran was getting VA pension or compensation at the time of death OR the veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay OR the veteran died in a VA hospital or while in a nursing home under VA contract, what additional benefits may be paid.
Military Funeral Honors
The Department of Defense (DoD) provides military funeral honors at the burials
of veterans on request. Funeral honors can be given at private or
For military funeral honors, the rights of veterans and the responsibilities of
the federal government were written into a law, the National Defense Act of 2000
(Public Law 106-65), which took effect in 2000.
Military funeral honors include the presence of an honors detail to fold and
present the U.S. flag to the next of kin and play “Taps,” either by a
high-quality recording or by a bugler. The law defines a military funeral honors
detail as two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one being a
member of the veteran's branch of military service. Taps will be played by a
bugle if available, but today the military services have so few buglers that
they often cannot provide them.
Funeral home directors request funeral honors from DoD, whether burial is in a
national cemetery or another cemetery. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
staff at national cemeteries also can assist to arrange funeral honors at VA
Some local veterans organizations may provide military funeral honors or assist
military members rendering honors. When honors are desired at a national
cemetery, they are arranged by the funeral home in advance of the committal
service. A few VA national cemeteries are served by veterans groups or other
volunteers who regularly provide funeral honors.
DoD maintains a military funeral honors web site at
Questions or comments concerning the program may be sent to this DoD address:
Department of Defense
Directorate for Public Inquiry and Analysis
Room 3A750, The Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400