Thousands of soldiers stationed around the world enjoy a little taste of home and some Christmas Cheer for the holidays. Visit your participating VFMC Funeral Home provider to pick-up a free Christmas Stocking. Take it home, decorate it and fill it with Christmas goodies. Returned the stuffed stockings to the funeral home who will ship them to our heroes around the world.
Beginning November 1st thru Veterans Day participating VFMC Funeral Home providers collect new or gently used sweaters & gloves to be donated and delivered to deserving veterans who are in VA hospitals, Veterans Homes and Veterans Shelters nationwide. Please help to keep our veterans warm and comfortable during the fall and winter months by donating a much needed sweater.
“Thank you so much for what you do. We always need you.” That’s just one of the many sweet messages from the heart of a child to a soldier overseas. Students in elementary schools nationwide and people in the community write messages to the troops on Valentine cards, cut-out hearts, or whatever they like. A care package is great but sentiments from people back home is a real morale boost.
Yes, I would like to take advantage of my Free Burial Benefit at the nearest VA National Cemetery. I acknowledge that the VA DOES NOT PAY for funeral or cremation costs which are required before the Free Burial can take place. I agree to have a Veterans Burial & Cremation Expert from my nearest VFMC funeral home provider contact me in order to ensure that my wishes are fulfilled.
The submission of this online form is not a condition of purchase in any way. By submitting this form you understand, and agree, that you may be contacted by your nearest CBCS Funeral Home by email, mail or telephone regarding Remembrance Planning.
Veterans discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and service members who die while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, as well as spouses and dependent children of Veterans and active duty service members, may be eligible for VA burial and memorial benefits. The Veteran does not have to die before a spouse or dependent child for them to be eligible.
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, as well as their spouses and dependent children, are eligible if they were entitled to retired pay at the time of death, or would have been upon reaching requisite age. See Chapter 8 for more information.
VA’s National Cemetery Scheduling Office or local national cemetery directors verify eligibility for burial. A copy of the Veteran’s discharge document that specifies the period(s) of active duty and character of discharge is usually sufficient to determine eligibility. In some instances, a copy of the deceased’s death certificate and proof of relationship to the Veteran (for eligible family members) may be required.
Under Section 2411 of Title 38 of the United States Code, certain otherwise
eligible individuals found to have committed federal or state capital crimes are barred
from burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery, and from receipt of
government-furnished headstones, markers, burial flags, and Presidential Memorial
Veterans and other claimants for VA burial benefits have the right to appeal decisions made by VA regarding eligibility for national cemetery burial or other memorial benefits.
Questions about the full range of VA burial and memorial benefits may be directed to the nearest national cemetery, located by calling 1-800-827-1000, or visiting www.cem.va.gov.
Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for eligible Veterans, their spouses and dependents at no cost to the family and includes the gravesite, grave-liner, opening and closing of the grave, a headstone or marker, and perpetual care as part of a national shrine. For Veterans, benefits also include a burial flag and military funeral honors. Family members and other loved ones of deceased Veterans may request Presidential Memorial Certificates.
VA operates 131 national cemeteries, of which 71 are open for new casketed interments and 19 are open to accept only cremated remains. Burial options are limited to those available at a specific cemetery but may include in-ground casket, or interment of cremated remains in a columbarium, in ground or in a scatter garden. Contact the national cemetery directly, or visit www.cem.va.gov to determine if a particular cemetery is open for new burials, and which other options are available.
The funeral director or the next of kin makes interment arrangements by contacting the National Cemetery Scheduling Office or national cemetery in which burial is desired. VA normally does not conduct burials on weekends. Gravesites cannot be reserved; however, VA will honor reservations made under previous programs.