Funeral Director Information Resource
Funeral Honors emergencies. You have been there. The post phone rings and a grieving family asks you about funeral honors. Their dad, mom, sister or brother served, but they never joined the VFW or other veterans’ group. They need help and they need it yesterday.
Maybe they need a flag. Maybe they don’t know how to get a “DD 214″ and can’t locate one (let alone know what it is) and a funeral home tells them they need it for a flag. “Can you provide them a flag?” they ask. They don’t know what to do or to whom they should speak.
How do you handle these emergencies? Your response can ease their suffering and anxiety or make you, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, look weak in a time of need.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has an on-line resource. It is called Funeral Director Resources. This resource guide contains links to many VA sites with full information as to requirements and links to required forms. Learn more
The resource guide also contains a lot of information on burials and flags, as well as information on a veteran’s entitlement. Did you know that, in an emergency and absent a DD Form 214, the government will issue a burial flag. Here is the rule:
- “If the claimant is unable to provide documentary proof, a flag may be issued when a statement is made by a person of established character and reputation that he/she personally knows the deceased to have been a veteran who meets the eligibility criteria.” Source: VA Form 27-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes
- This application also contains rules for use of the flag to assist in the proper rendering of funeral honors to a deceased veteran. Download form
Share this information at your post during a regular meeting. Posts should work with local funeral homes and post offices. Share this information with them. They may not be aware of the Funeral Director Resources website’s existence or the rule authorizing a statement in lieu of a veteran’s DD Form 214.
Post this information on your post’s bulletin board and add a link to it on your post’s website. The more information you share, the more informed our members are and the better we serve our communities.