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How to request Military Honors

Updated: Apr 15

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.

So, in short, To arrange military funeral honors, contact your local funeral home. We recommend the following 2 funeral service providers:

  1. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/

  2. https://www.foundationpartners.com/

At the bottom of this page is an informational video, and a link to download the funeral coordinators directory guidebook.


Upon the family's request, Public Law 106-65 requires that every eligible Veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps. The law defines a military funeral honors detail as consisting of two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the Veteran's parent service of the armed forces. The DOD program calls for funeral home directors to request military funeral honors on behalf of the Veterans' family. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration cemetery staff can also assist with arranging military funeral honors at VA national cemeteries. Veterans organizations may assist in providing military funeral honors. When military funeral honors at a national cemetery are desired, they are arranged prior to the committal service by the funeral home.

The Department of Defense began the implementation plan for providing military funeral honors for eligible Veterans as enacted in Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2000 on Jan. 1, 2000.

Questions or comments concerning the DOD military funeral honors program may be sent to the address listed below. The military funeral honors Web site is located at this link.

If your funeral director does not know who to call, which would be in very rare circumstances, you can provide the list below to them. Do not call directly, it will not speed up the process.

Military Service Coordinators


Army:

Military Funeral Honors Team

tel:1-800-325-4986

mailto:usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd-cmaoc-funeral-honors@mail.mil

U.S. Army Human Resources Command

The Adjutant General Of the United States Army

Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Division

AHRC-PDC-P

1600 Spearhead Division Avenue

Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405


Marine Corps:

Military Funeral Honors Coordinator

tel:1-866-826-3628

Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps

Attn: MFPC (Funeral Honors)

2008 Elliot Road

Quantico, VA 22134


Navy:

Commander, Navy Installations Command

Military Funeral Honors Coordinators

tel:202-433-6892 (office)

tel:202-905-8344 (mobile)

https://mfh.dmdc.osd.mil/mfh/'https://www.cnic.navy.mil/funeral_honors

Commander, Navy Installations Command

Casualty and Funeral Honors (N00K)

716 Sicard Street, SE, Suite 101

Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5140


Air Force:

Military Funeral Honors Coordinator

mailto:AFMAO.MA@us.af.mil

tel:1-800-531-5803

Air Force Military Funeral Honors

116 Purple Heart Drive

Dover AFB, DE 19902


Coast Guard:

Military Casualty Matters Coordinator

mailto:ARL-PF-CGPSC-PSDFS-CASUALTY@uscg.mil

tel:202-795-6637 (office)

tel:202-372-8488/8323 (fax ATTN: Casualty Chief, PSC-PSD-FS)

tel:571-266-2375 (24/7 duty cell)

Online Casualty Resource, MFH & BAS Guidance:

http://www.uscg.mil/psc/psd/fs/Casualty.asp

COMMANDER CG PERSONNEL SERVICE CENTER PSC

ATTN: CASUALTY CHIEF, PSC-PSD-FS-CASUALTY

US COAST GUARD STOP 7200

2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE

WASHINGTON DC 20593-7200


How to request VA Burial Assistance and Benefits


https://www.va.gov/burials-memorials/#get-veterans-burial-benefits

  • National Cemetery Scheduling Office: 800-535-1117

  • Headstones and markers: 800-697-6947

  • VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

  • MyVA411 main information line: 800-698-2411


Military Funeral Honors Video


Download Military Funeral Honors Directory

military-funeral-honors-directory
.pdf
PDF • 1.65MB

Request the Patriot Guard Riders


https://www.patriotguard.org/request-the-pgr/

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