Veteran Burials – What You Need to Know

It’s the time of year when all Americans observe and honor our brave veteran heroes. If there’s anything we know about families in Indianapolis, Greenwood, and Pendleton, it’s how patriotic they are! But for the family members and friends of these U.S. veterans, Veterans Day is especially meaningful. And for all of us, Veterans Day renews a deep appreciation for all American veterans who have honorably served or are currently serving our great country.

At Wilson St. Pierre, we make honoring our veterans a priority, and we wish to help you plan a respectful funeral. We want veterans and their family members to know when it comes to memorializing a soldier’s life, he or she deserves only the best.

Most veterans know they can be buried in one of the 135 national cemeteries, with available space. In order to prepare, presenting your discharge papers are a very important part of establishing your eligibility in these cemeteries. However, many veterans wish to be buried close to their family and friends in their hometown in a private cemetery. Whatever the choice, our qualified staff is ready to plan a respectful military service for these local heroes.

During a military funeral service, military men and women will honor the veteran with a burial flag and Presidential Memorial Certificate. The burial flag is generally given to next of kin. The U.S. government will provide the headstone or marker, and some veterans are even entitled to burial allowances, meaning partial reimbursement of an eligible veteran’s burial and funeral costs.

An important step in planning a veteran’s funeral is choosing the best way to pay tribute to your loved one’s life. At Wilson St. Pierre, we offer many special touches to help you personalize the service, such as remembrance keepsakes, picture boards, limousine service, receptions, and more. If you choose to hold a reception at one of our beautiful reception spaces, we also offer catering for small or large groups, and we will handle every detail for you.

We can help you through all these steps and find out exactly what you are entitled to while planning a funeral for a veteran. We work with these wonderful families often and know the process well. For more information, you can call us at any time.