VETERAN'S FUNERAL BENEFITS Chattanooga, TN
We provide a dignified burial and lasting memorial for
veterans and their families. Military Funeral Honors · Burial
Requesting the Honor Guard locally. Covenant Funeral &
Crematory will make the arrangements for the Honor Guard for
you. Call Today day or night- (423) 485-0911
The Department of Veteran Affairs provides a flag to be
draped over the casket and presented to the next of kin free of
charge. Covenant Funeral & Crematory will help you get the flag
or you may go to any local veterans office or post office, fill
out a flag for burial form and receive a flag there.
Covenant Funeral and Cremation Service has a strong working
relationship with Chattanooga National Cemetery. Let us assist
you with your veteran funeral plans.
VETERAN'S FUNERAL video Chattanooga
Who is eligible? Veterans, service members and dependents are
eligible for burial in one of VA's 117 national cemeteries. An
eligible veteran must have been discharged or separated from
active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and have
completed the required period of service. Persons entitled to
retired pay as a result of 20 years creditable service with a
reserve component are also eligible. A U.S. citizen who served
in the armed forces of a government allied with the United
States in a war also may be eligible.
Spouses and minor children of eligible veterans and of service
members also may be buried in a national cemetery. It does not
matter who precedes whom in death for this benefit. Surviving
spouses of veterans who married non-veterans are now eligible
for burial in national cemeteries when the death of the
surviving spouse occurs on or after January 1, 2000.
What are the benefits? Burial benefits in a VA national
cemetery include the gravesite, opening and closing of the
grave, the headstone or marker and providing the interment site
with perpetual care. A grave-liner is also provided. Many
national cemeteries have columbaria or special gravesites for
cremated remains. Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga,
Tennessee has identified obstructed graves as sites for cremated
remains. Both flat granite and upright marble headstones are
available and provided at government's expense. The government
now offers free of charge, an optional inscription at the bottom
of the headstone if space permits. In order to expedite
headstone arrival, families need to provide their desired term
of endearment at the time of the committal service.
Gravesites in national cemeteries cannot be reserved. Funeral
directors or others making burial arrangements must apply at the
time of death. Cemeteries do not provide military honors but may
make referrals to military units or volunteer groups. The flag
should drape the casket of the veteran upon entrance to the
national cemetery and the casket may NOT be opened after
entering the cemetery.
National Cemeteries/VA Cemeteries Information Provided By
Chattanooga National Cemetery. Disabled Veterans Death Benefits
is a WEB Site that explains if the veteran died because of a
service-related disability OR the veteran was getting VA pension
or compensation at the time of death OR the veteran was entitled
to receive VA pension or compensation but decided not to reduce
his/her military retirement or disability pay OR the veteran
died in a VA hospital or while in a nursing home under VA
contract, what additional benefits may be paid.
Military Funeral Honors
The Department of Defense (DoD) provides military funeral
honors at the burials of veterans on request. Funeral honors can
be given at private or government-operated cemeteries.
For military funeral honors, the rights of veterans and the
responsibilities of the federal government were written into a
law, the National Defense Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-65), which
took effect in 2000.
Military funeral honors include the presence of an honors detail
to fold and present the U.S. flag to the next of kin and play
“Taps,” either by a high-quality recording or by a bugler. The
law defines a military funeral honors detail as two or more
uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of
the veteran's branch of military service. Taps will be played by
a bugle if available, but today the military services have so
few buglers that they often cannot provide them.
Funeral home directors request funeral honors from DoD,
whether burial is in a national cemetery or another cemetery.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) staff at national
cemeteries also can assist to arrange funeral honors at VA
Some local veterans organizations may provide military funeral
honors or assist military members rendering honors. When honors
are desired at a national cemetery, they are arranged by the
funeral home in advance of the committal service. A few VA
national cemeteries are served by veterans groups or other
volunteers who regularly provide funeral honors.
DoD maintains a military funeral honors web site at
Questions or comments concerning the program may be sent to
this DoD address:
Department of Defense
Directorate for Public Inquiry and Analysis
Room 3A750, The Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400