The U.S. military is required to provide a military detail at the funeral that includes at least two uniformed members. One member must be from the branch of service in which the deceased served.

Eligibility is limited to:

  • Military members who die while on active duty.
  • Honorably discharged retirees and veterans who completed one or more terms of enlistment.
  • Reservists who completed the initial obligated service and left under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Those discharged due to disabilities incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

At the request of the veteran's family, each eligible veteran receives a military funeral honors ceremony including the folding and presenting of the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps.

For more information on eligibility or to request military funeral honors, visit

For veterans that wish to be buried in a state or national veteran cemetery, please see the Veterans Cemeteries section.