Veterans from all military branches qualify for a military funeral, regardless of rank, whether or not they died in combat. They could have been active duty, reserves, the National Guard, retired, or a veteran of military service.
A military funeral can take place at a private cemetery, a state veteran's cemetery, or a cemetery that is part of the Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. For the complete list of the Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Listing please click here.
For soldiers who die while on active duty, families may request both a burial and an interment allowance to assist with the cost of the funeral arrangements. For soldiers who die in a non-service related death, partial reimbursements may apply.
For more information and a list of benefits including burial flags, certificates, headstones & markers, please contact the United States Department of Veteran Affairs or go to http://www.cem.va.gov.