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Vincent Mielnicki
B: 1958-10-28
D: 2021-06-13
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Mielnicki, Vincent
Lela Louis
B: 1952-07-27
D: 2021-06-09
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Louis, Lela
Barbara Surles
D: 2021-06-06
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Surles, Barbara
Edward Williams
B: 1965-05-11
D: 2021-06-01
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Williams, Edward
Gussie Burton
B: 1937-09-08
D: 2021-05-31
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Burton, Gussie
Inez Smith
B: 1940-10-10
D: 2021-05-30
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Smith, Inez
Barbara Neukirk
B: 1957-07-22
D: 2021-05-29
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Neukirk, Barbara
Tyreece Johnson
B: 2002-10-26
D: 2021-05-25
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Johnson, Tyreece
Mother Frances Roman
B: 1918-08-10
D: 2021-05-21
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Roman, Mother Frances
Christopher Brock
B: 1998-11-22
D: 2021-05-20
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Brock, Christopher
Senetha Battle
B: 1958-11-21
D: 2021-05-16
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Battle, Senetha
Phennie Edwards
B: 1941-08-23
D: 2021-05-13
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Edwards, Phennie
Angelica Green
B: 1979-05-28
D: 2021-05-13
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Green, Angelica
Leonard Pinckney
B: 1955-10-23
D: 2021-05-12
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Pinckney, Leonard
Johnnie Thomas
B: 1962-08-29
D: 2021-05-11
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Thomas, Johnnie
Darwin Perry
B: 1969-09-13
D: 2021-05-10
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Perry, Darwin
Milton Harris
B: 1937-11-30
D: 2021-05-10
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Harris, Milton
John Thomas
B: 1928-01-24
D: 2021-05-09
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Thomas, John
Willie Brown
B: 1950-12-18
D: 2021-05-08
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Brown, Willie
Deacon Climet Waller
B: 1945-11-22
D: 2021-05-07
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Waller, Deacon Climet
Curtis Brown
B: 1956-02-13
D: 2021-05-02
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Brown, Curtis

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Veteran Funeral Services

We believe the story of every veteran's life deserves to be shared. We are deeply committed to providing families with exceptional veterans services and can assist you in securing military burial benefits. When it comes time for you to make arrangements for the veteran in your life, know that our staff is both qualified and committed to providing them with the military honors they deserve.
 

Military Funeral Services

At Metropolitan Funeral Chapels, we take great pride in honoring veterans that have passed away. We perform funeral services that pay tribute to their bravery and sacrifice. Providing quality military funeral honors is our small way of thanking veterans for serving our country and fighting for our freedom. 


It is crucial that family members notify one of our funeral directors that their loved one was a member of the military. We can then contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the appropriate armed forces branch (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard) to see if your loved one is eligible to receive military death benefits. Below we have outlined some circumstances where your loved one would be eligible to receive military death benefits: 

  • Your loved one was a military member on active duty or was in the Selected Reserve.
  • Your loved one was a former military member who served on active duty and left the military under honorable conditions.
  • Your loved one completed at least one term of enlistment or a period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and left under honorable conditions.
  • Your loved one was a former military member from the Selected Reserve that was discharged due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

Providing our funeral directors with your loved one’s DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, would be most helpful and would help expedite the application process. There is no concern if you do not have this form, our funeral directors can request it on your behalf. If you are interested in obtaining the form, you can request it online from the National Archives

Gaining eligibility for military death benefits can be a bit complex, but that is what our funeral directors and staff are there for. We will take care of the entire process, and will explain to you the benefits that your loved one is entitled to.  

 

Military Funeral Honors

When arranging for veterans' funeral services, you can rely on us to complete all the necessary paperwork involved in obtaining the military death and burial benefits that are available. These can include:

  • Burial Flag
  • Headstone or Marker
  • Burial in a National or State Veterans Administration Cemetery
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate

Call us at (585) 436-7730 to learn how we can work together to pay tribute to your veteran.

 
 
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What Does a Military Funeral Consist Of?

On January 1, 2000, Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act was enacted and it then became law that the United States Armed Forces must provide all eligible veterans with military funeral honors if requested by his or her family. There will be an honor guard detail of at least two members of the Armed Forces present for all military funerals. One member will be a representative of the branch of armed forces that the deceased veteran was a part of. At a minimum the honor guard detail will perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. 

Playing of Taps

 

Military Death Benefits

Below we have listed a few of the common features that military death benefits provide and cover. The veteran may or may not be eligible for these benefits depending on his or her status and situation. 
  • A gravesite at any of the 136 Veteran Affairs’ National Cemeteries 
  • As an alternative to the National cemeteries operated by the Veteran Affairs, many states have established state veteran cemeteries. Eligibility is quite similar to the ones outlined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but may include residency requirements. 
  • Most veterans are eligible to receive a headstone, marker, or medallion at no cost. The flat markers are available in granite, marble, and bronze. The headstones are available in granite and marble. 
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate
  • As already mentioned an American flag is provided, at no cost, to drape over the casket or accompany the urn of the deceased veteran.
  • Burial Allowances refer to the flat monetary sum that is paid to cover the Veteran’s funeral costs. 
  • The casket may transported via a horse-drawn limbers and caissons
  • Fighter jets may perform an aerial flyover
  • A gun salute. The number of shots fired depends on the veterans rank. 
  • For funerals of commanding officers, a riderless horse that represents a fallen leader will usually follow the horse-drawn hearse

Call us at (585) 436-7730 to learn how we can work together to pay tribute to your veteran.

 

Sources:  
Military.com. (2018). Military funeral honors. Retrieved from: https://www.military.com/benefits/burial-and-memorial/military-funeral-honors.html
 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2018). Burial Benefits. Retrieved from: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/index.asp
 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2018). Military funeral honors. Retrieved from: https://www.cem.va.gov/military_funeral_honors.asp 
 
Wikipedia. (2018). Military funerals in the United States. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_funerals_in_the_United_States