The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for providing military funeral honors. "Honoring Those Who Served" is the title of the DOD program for providing dignified military funeral honors to Veterans who have defended our nation.
Upon the family's request, every eligible Veteran receives a military funeral honors ceremony including:
- The folding and presenting of the United States Burial Flag
- Playing of Taps
- Assignment of a military funeral honors detail consisting of two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of armed service that the deceased served.
Arranging for Military Honors
To arrange military funeral honors, contact your local funeral home. A funeral director will contact the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration or a Veterans Organization on behalf of the family. These organizations will assist in providing the military honors. When military funeral honors at a national cemetery are desired, they are arranged prior to the committal service by the funeral home.
Funeral directors looking for a listing of contact information and answers to frequently asked questions can find helpful information at www.military.com/benefits/burial-and-memorial/military-funeral-honors.html
Questions or Comments
Questions or comments concerning the DOD military funeral honors program may be sent to the address listed below:
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense For Public Affairs
Community Relations and Public Liaison
1400 Defense Pentagon, Room 2D982
Washington DC 20301-1400
Burial at Sea
For information on Burial at Sea, please refer to the "Decisions" section.