The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated 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 the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. When available taps will be played by a bugler, however there are so few buglers available that the military services may choose to provide an electronic recording of taps. The veteranâ€™s parent Service representative will present the flag.
Funeral Honors Eligibility
- 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.
A local organization which can help with questions you may have in reference to benefits and survivor Benefits is:
National Association for Senior Veterans, 1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 110, Fleming Island, FL 32203 1-800-352-2919 www.vetsmatter.org
Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery and Funeral Home will assist you in securing Military Funeral Honors.