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Veteran Services

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and we promise to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service.

 


 

Traditional Honors

Eligible veterans receive the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps by a bugler or recording. These honors are performed by an honor guard detail that has at least two members of the Armed Forces. One member must be a representative from the branch in which the veteran served, and this member presents the flag.

Honors also can include:

  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket
  • A three-volley rifle salute to represent duty, honor, and country
  • A final salute at the gravesite



Veteran Benefits

In addition to honoring your veteran during the service, we can help contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for:

  • Headstones: The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state, or military cemeteries.
  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate: This certificate shows the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. It includes the veteran's name and the signature of the President.
  • Memorial plots: If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA can provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you want to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot.
  • Burial in a national cemetery: This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.
  • Reimbursement of burial: For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review the Guide to VA Burial Allowances.



Eligibility

Military funeral honors are free and mandated by law for eligible veterans. Eligibility is verified by the veteran’s DD-214, or discharge papers. Eligible members are:

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed with honorable conditions.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under honorable conditions.

Other Resources

Check out these resources for more information about honoring veterans and military funerals:

Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory
Phone: (573) 449-4153
12 East Ash Street
Columbia, MO 65203

Houser-Millard Funeral Directors
Phone: (573) 636-3838
2613 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Millard Family Cremation and Funeral Center
Phone: (573) 392-3351
902 East North Street
Eldon, MO 65026

Hilke-Millard Funeral Home
Phone: (573) 455-2424
101 Linn Street
Westphalia, MO 65085

Millard Family Funeral Chapel
Phone: (573) 897-4848
919 East Main Street
Linn, MO 65051

Millard Family Chapels
Phone: (573) 763-5658
102 Market Street
Chamois, MO 65024

Slater-Millard Family Funeral Chapel
Phone: (573) 896-5959
540 South Summit Drive
Holts Summit, MO 65043

Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
Phone: (573) 635-4594
4205 Horner Road 
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Weber-Millard Funeral Home
Phone: (573) 782-3525
13415 Route C
Russellville, MO 65074

Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial Center
Phone: (573) 474-8443
5611 E. St Charles Road
Columbia, MO , 65202


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