At Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home, we’re proud to do our part in honoring our country’s veterans and giving back to those whose sacrifice and patriotism define our great nation. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need and to support you in honoring your loved ones for their dedication and selfless service.
We would be honored to help you make arrangements for any combination of traditional military tributes.
Traditional Elements & Honors
Under Federal law, the military is required to provide memorialization ceremonies for your loved one appropriate to their service. We provide expert consultation on all the various elements of the funeral services available.
Standard honor military funerals are available to any veteran discharged with any status other than dishonorable. They can include:
- The presence of at least two military staff in full uniform at service or burial
- The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or high-quality audio recording
- A Flag Folding ceremony
- A burial flag
The presence of military staff includes the proviso that the Honor Guard provided for your loved one must include at least one member of their branch of service.
The playing of Taps is done live wherever the availability of qualified buglers makes it possible. If one is not available, we can arrange to have a recording of excellent stereo quality played over loudspeakers.
The Flag Folding ceremony is performed by two or more members of the military who fold the flag thirteen times, leaving a triangle with the blue background and white stars visible. This is presented to next-of-kin in appreciation for their loved one’s service to the nation, and we can arrange its placement in a display box upon request.
Additional Funeral Honors are available on request depending on the circumstances and on your loved one’s eligibility and branch of service.
While Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home doesn’t provide all of these services directly, we work with families of veterans (or veterans themselves during preplanning) to help ensure all proper benefits are accorded and that a memorial or funeral befitting your loved one’s time of service to the country is possible.
What a Veteran Funeral Consists Of
Eligible veterans can receive military funeral honors free of charge. Their eligibility will be determined by their DD-214 or discharge papers.
The following qualify for military funeral honors:
Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
Former military members who served on active duty and departed under 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.
Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
How They Are Honored
Depending on your loved one’s eligibility, they can receive a variety of veteran burial benefits and veteran death benefits. At a military funeral of an eligible veteran, they are entitled to the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps by a bugler or recording. An honor guard detail that includes at least two members of the Armed Forces performs these specific honors. One of the members needs to be a representative from the military branch the veteran served in. This will be the person who presents the flag at the service.
Additional honors at a military funeral include:
A three-volley rife salute to represent duty, honor, and country
The U.S. flag draped over the casket
A final salute at the gravesite
Additional Veteran Death Benefits
In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:
A Presidential Memorial Certificate. This is a certificate expressing the nation’s recognition of the veteran’s service. The veteran’s name is inscribed, and the certificate is embossed with the nation’s message of gratitude and bears the signature of the President. It makes a meaningful keepsake for many families. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Contact us for assistance in applying for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and we would be happy to guide you through the process.
Headstones or Markers. 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 veteran, or military cemeteries. Some cemeteries may not be able to offer full burial due to space limitations but do still offer the interment of cremated remains. We can help you navigate the process of determining which burial or cremation services are available based on your situation and your loved one’s eligibility.
Memorial Plots. The VA provides a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for the memorialization of eligible veterans. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.
Burial in a VA National Cemetery. This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box and perpetual care.
Reimbursement of Burial Expenses. For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review the Guide to VA Burial Allowances.
Our team is here to assist your family in planning a military funeral. However, we know that fully understanding all the veteran burial benefits and veteran death benefits can be a little overwhelming at first. To help you get started, we have provided the links to some helpful resources below:
VA Burial Benefits and Memorial Items
Veterans’ Funeral and Burial Benefits
Military Funeral Honors
Request Military Service Records
To learn more about our veteran funeral services, contact us. Let’s work together to honor your veteran with the funeral service they deserve.
Why Work with Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home
While veterans who meet eligibility requirements are afforded certain burial or memorial honors regardless of provider, working with an experienced, qualified funeral home or crematory can make a difficult time less stressful for family and friends.
We work with individuals who are interested in preplanning their own final arrangements to reduce the burden on the family. We offer cremation and burial services to meet a range of preferences and budgets, and we can walk you or your loved ones through all of the decisions that must be made before a funeral or cremation can take place.
Whether you’re concerned about finding a peaceful resting place or creating a final memorial that honors the memory of a veteran, we can help.