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Proudly serving those who have served
We believe that the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces deserve special consideration. To pay tribute to our fallen heroes, Thomas Funeral Chapels offers comprehensive veterans burial benefits to those eligible. At Thomas Funeral Chapels, we handle veteran details for you. We provide all options so you can make an informed decision, in an atmosphere as positive as possible.
Available Veteran Benefits
- Inscribed cemetery marker
- U.S. flag
- Gun salute
- Transportation costs
(some or all of the cost)
Who is eligible?
Military members on active duty, Military retirees, members and former members of the Selected Reserve, eligible U.S. veterans of any war, other U.S. veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable.
How are Social Security and Veterans’ benefits handled?
Thomas Funeral Chapels will notify both agencies. Social Security pays a lump sum death benefit directly to the spouse. Veterans receive cash benefits based on disability or other requirements.
How do I make advance arrangements?Send a copy of your discharge papers (DD214) that we will keep in our permanent files. If you wish, call us and we will handle all details over the phone.
What are veterans honor services?
Military honors are available to all veterans regardless of rank or location of burial. If you are retired military with 20 years or more of service, we will call and request an active duty honor guard from your branch of service. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding and presentation to next of kin, rifle salute and the playing of TAPS.
Honorably Discharged Veterans with less than 20 years
Currently, we call volunteer, local veterans groups for Military Honors requests. Typically these are retired veterans with incredible service histories. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding, presentation and the playing of TAPS. Rifle Salute is not regulation but is often offered. Payment is not required but these groups accept donations.
Wood Flag Cases
The Military provides a wood flag case for any active duty deaths. For all other veterans, we stock wood flag cases.
What are options for Veteran cemeteries?
All veterans, and possibly their spouses and children, are entitled to free cemetery spaces, grave opening/closing, grave liner and headstone at a VA cemetery. We will work with you to get you available options.
Want More Information?
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