The Military Funeral Honors ceremony is a solemn and respectful event that honors the service and sacrifice of veterans. During the ceremony, a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces will fold and present the United States flag to the veteran's family, and Taps will be played.
The type of Funeral Honors rendered will depend on the veteran's status, and can include Full Military Honors, 7 Person Detail or a Standard Honors Team Detail. At least one member of the funeral honors detail will be from the Armed Force in which the deceased veteran served.
If a bugler is not available, a quality recorded version of Taps may be played. Additionally, Military Funeral Honor Teams may act as Pall Bearers if requested by the veteran's family.
Overall, the Military Funeral Honors ceremony is a respectful tribute to the men and women who have served our country, and serves as a reminder of their bravery and sacrifice.Who is eligible 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 conditions other than dishonorable.
- Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Former military members discharged from the - Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.How do I establish veteran eligibility?
- The preferred method is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. If the DD Form 214 is not available, any discharge document showing other than dishonorable service can be used. The DD Form 214 may be obtained by filling out a Standard Form 180
and sending it to:
National Personnel Records Center(NPRC)
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132Is anyone else eligible to receive funeral honors?
- Yes. Members of the Commissioned Officer Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as members of a Uniformed Service, are also eligible to receive funeral honors.
For NOAA personnel, eligibility is established using NOAA Form 56-16, Report of Transfer or Discharge. If the family does not have a copy of the NOAA Form 56-16, it may by obtained by contacting the Chief, Officer Services Division, NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center at (301) 713-7715