General procedure for obtaining military funeral honors

Usually the funeral home director will request the military honors on behalf of the family who will verify the veterans eligibility to receive military funeral honors. Eligibility details are described below

Burial Flags

Burial flags are available to veterans’ families at select VA offices and certain post offices. The Highland Lakes Honor Guard does not supply burial flags.

To find out which post offices have a flag, call the U.S. Postal Service at 1-800-275-8777.

Funeral directors are supposed to be able to obtain a burial flag with appropriate documentation, including a veterans discharge record, a death certificate and a completed VA Form 27-2008.

More information can be obtained at:

http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/burial_flags.asp

Honoring Those Who Served

Military Funeral Honors:

The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide to veterans’ families. The tradition of providing Military Funeral Honors, in some form, began in ancient Greece and Rome. The funeral honors protocol of today traces its roots to those ancient ceremonies as well as to historical American experiences

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED is our commitment to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of our nation’s veterans.

Military Funeral Honors have always been provided whenever possible. However, federal law now mandates the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran if requested by the family. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting the American Flag to the next of kin and the playing of taps.

Military Funeral Honors include:

Honor Guard Detail

Pallbearers When Requested

Officiating at Funeral Services by Chaplain if Requested by Family

Sounding of Taps with Bugler

Flag Folding Ceremony

Rifle Salute

Spent Shell Casing Presentations

Presentation of Flag

Requesting a Military Funeral Honors Detail:

Contact your local funeral home or you may contact us directly and we will be glad to assist you in making arrangements with your funeral director for an Honor Guard presentation.

Highland Lakes Honor Guard Contact

Commander Charlie Taylor: 325-248-0450

What is the Cost?

Military Funeral Honors, and all other services provided by the Highland Lakes Honor Guard listed herein, is provided at no cost to the family. However, if a family or organization so wishes, the Highland Lakes Honor Guard will accept an honorarium of any amount that the family of organization might wish to give. Should such an honorarium be given, it will be used exclusively to help offset the cost of providing this community service honoring our country’s veterans.

General procedure for obtaining military funeral honors

Usually the funeral home director will request the military honors on behalf of the family who will verify the veterans eligibility to receive military funeral honors. Eligibility details are described below

Burial Flags

Burial flags are available to veterans’ families at select VA offices and certain post offices. The Highland Lakes Honor Guard does not supply burial flags.

To find out which post offices have a flag, call the U.S. Postal Service at 1-800-275-8777.

Funeral directors are supposed to be able to obtain a burial flag with appropriate documentation, including a veterans discharge record, a death certificate and a completed VA Form 27-2008.

More information can be obtained at:

http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/burial_flags.asp

Eligibility for Military Funeral Honors:

An active duty service person or in the Selected Reserve, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, or the Coast Guard Reserve at the time of death.

The Selected Reserve (also called SELRES, SR, or mistakenly Selective Reserve) are the members of a U.S. military Ready Reserve unit that are enrolled in the Ready Reserve program and the reserve unit that they are attached to. Selected Reserve members and units are considered to be in an active status.

When the term is applied to describing personnel, it is contrasted to the Full-time Reserve Unit Support (also called Full Time Support or FTS) members of the same reserve unit who are Active Duty. It is also contrasted to members of the Individual Ready Reserve who are not in active status.

A former active service member who was honorably discharged or retired

A former member of a Selected Reserve who was retired or honorably discharged or who served for at least one year

With certain exceptions, active duty service beginning after Sept. 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and after Oct. 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 consecutive months or the full period of active duty (as in the case of reservists or National Guard members called to active duty for a limited duration).

Active duty for training, by itself, while serving in the reserves or National Guard, is not sufficient to confer eligibility. Reservists and National Guard members,are eligible if they were entitled to retired pay at the time of death, or would have been upon reaching requisite age

A members of the military who were discharged due to injury received in the line of duty

A service man or woman who died in the line of duty

Documents Required:

In addition to qualifying military service, the veteran must be able to prove his or her military service. This is most commonly done with the DD Form 214, which is the record of service each military member receives upon discharge (prior to 1950, each service used its own discharge form).

Thankfully, there are other ways to prove military service for last burial rights and other veterans benefits beyond the DD Form 214. In many cases, you can provide an Honorable Discharge certificate, retirement order, military documentation from your state if you served in the Guard, or a variety of other documents.

Documents Required for Military Funeral Honors

The following is a list of approved Veterans Military Discharge Documents which will satisfy the VA requirements for proof of honorable military service. You can use these forms to establish eligibility for a military burial, or for requesting a headstone or marker. You can find the full list at the VA.

Official Retirement Order
Official Retirement Register
Reserve Retirement Eligibility Benefits Letter
Verification of Service letter from the VA
Summary of Military Service Record From various states
DD 214 – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
DA 1569 – Transcript of Military Record
DD 2A – Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)
DD 2AF – Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)
DD 2CG – Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)
DD 2MC – Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)
DD 2N – Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)
DD 2NOAA – Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)
DD 2 (Retired) – US Uniformed Services Identification Card
DD 13 – Statement of Service
DD 217 – Discharge Certificate
DD 256A  – Honorable Discharge Certificate
DD 256AF – Honorable Discharge Certificate
DD 256CG – Honorable Discharge Certificate
DD 256MC – Honorable Discharge Certificate
DD 256N – Honorable Discharge Certificate
DD 257A – General Discharge Certificate
DD 257AF – General Discharge Certificate
DD 257CG – General Discharge Certificate
DD 257MC – General Discharge Certificate
DD 257N – General Discharge Certificate
DD 303 – Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge
DD 303AF – Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge
DD 303CG – Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge
DD 303MC – Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge
DD 303N – Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge
DD 1300 – Report of Casualty
ADJ 545 – Discharge Certificate
Army DS ODF – Honorable Discharge from the United States Army
AGO 525 – Discharge Certificate
AGO 755 – Discharge Certificate
AGO 01252 – Discharge Certificate
AGO 01254 – Transcript of Military Record
AGO 01502 – Discharge Certificate
WD AGO 53 – Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge
WD AGO 53-55 – Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge
WD AGO 53-58 – Enlisted Record and Report of Separation General Discharge
WD AGO 53-90 – Certificate of Service
WD AGO 53-98 – Military Record and Report of Separation Certificate of Service
WD AGO 55 – Honorable Discharge from The Army of the United States
WD AGO 280 – Certificate of Service, AVS
WD AGO 525 – Honorable Discharge from the United States Army
WD AGO 755 – Honorable Discharge, Women�s Army Auxiliary Corps
WD AGO 0729 – Honorable Discharge from Army of the United States of America
WD AGO 01502 – Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge Certificate
WD AGO 01504 – Discharge Certificate
Bureau of Investigation No. 6 – Discharge Certificate
Bureau of Investigation No. 53 – Discharge Certificate
Bureau of Investigation No. 118 – Discharge Certificate
Bureau of Investigation No. 213 – Discharge from U. S. Naval Reserve Force
Form No. 6, U.S.N. – Discharge Certificate
Navy (No number) – War Service Certificate
NAVCG-553 – Notice of Separation from U.S. Coast Guard
NAVCG-2510 – Honorable Discharge, U.S. Coast Guard
NAVMC-455 – U.S. Marine Corps Certificate of Service, In Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge Certificate
NAVMC 70-PD – Honorable Discharge, U.S. Marine Corps
NAVMC 78-PD – U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation
NMC 258 A&I – Discharge Certificate
NMC 2571 A&I – Honorable Discharge, U.S. Marine Corps
NAVPERS-553 – Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service
NAVPERS-563 – Navy Discharge-Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service
NAVPERS-566 – Standard Statement of Service
NAVPERS-660 – Honorable Discharge from U.S. Navy
NAVPERS-661 – Certificate of Discharge, U.S. Naval Service
NAVPERS-663B – Discharge Certificate
NGB 22 – Report of Separation and Record of Service, Departments of the Army and the Air Force, National Guard Bureau
GSA 6851 – Service Information
GSA 6954 – Certificate of Military Service
NAR 529 – Certification of Military Service
NA 13038 – Certification of Military Service
NA 13041 – Statement of Service
VA Adjudication 545 – Summary of Record of Active Service
VA 3101 – Request for Army Information
Notes:

* A DD Form 256 or DD Form 257 must indicate a period of active duty service dates to be a valid document for eligibility determination purposes.
** Valid only if active duty service dates are indicated.
*** The DD Form 214 has been issued by all military services since January 1, 1950. Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms were used by the military services.
**** NGB Form 22 can be used to verify eligibility if it indicates prior active federal service other than for training or a minimum of 20 years total service for pay.