Military Funeral Procedures
When your loved one has served in the military, there are military honors and protocols that are offered upon his or her death. We can answer your questions about military funeral procedures and other benefits that are available for military service. Our staff can help you find ways to honor the memory your loved one who honored their country, defending it in times of war and peace.
There are many different ways that the nation honors the men and women who serve in the military. Veterans who served at least 90 days of active duty service may receive:
- US Flag
- Military honors at the cemetery or other place of service
- Cemetery headstone
Our staff is dedicated to making sure that your loved one gets the honors deserved. Whether it’s a Naval burial at sea, services at Arlington National Cemetery or another VA cemetery or playing of Taps at the service in the location of your choice. We would also be honored to help veterans make burial arrangements now.
How to Request Military Honors
Military funeral procedures can be challenging enough without having to wade through the federal and state forms for veterans’ benefits. Your funeral director with Wujek Calcaterra Funeral Home can assist you with receiving federal and state burial benefits.
You will need to have the DD-214 document demonstrating separation from the military. This document is available through the National Archives and can be retrieved electronically or through the mail. You will need some basic information about the veteran, approximate discharge date (month and year) and the branch of service.
Military funeral protocols are just one more way to pay respects to a veteran and his or her family. We’re grateful to those who served our country and want to assist their families in getting the benefits deserved. Michigan state law provides burial expense for qualified surviving spouses for eligible veterans. We can help you navigate the process.