Veteran Services and Benefits

Veteran Services and Benefits2018-10-16T13:50:00+00:00

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 one 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

Standard honor military funerals can include:

  • The American flag draped over the casket, and presented to the next of kin following the service
  • A three-volley salute fired by a rifle party
  • A Color Guard
  • The playing of Taps
  • A Final Salute at the gravesite
  • A ceremonial guard serving as pallbearers

Military honors can take place at the cemetery, funeral home, church, or any other location the service will take place.

Other Veteran 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 bears the signature of the president. 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.
  • Memorial Plots
    If an eligible veteran’s remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. 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 their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.

For more information regarding specific benefits for your loved one who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, please call the Berks County Department of Veteran Affairs office at 610-378-5601, or visit them in person at 726 Cherry Street, Reading, PA  19602.