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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and we promise to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service.

Eligibility

Military funeral honors are free of charge and mandated by law for eligible veterans. Eligibility will be verified by the veteran’s DD-214, or discharge papers. Eligible members include:

  • 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.



Traditional Honors

At minimum, eligible veterans 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. These honors are performed by an honor guard detail that consists of at least two members of the Armed Forces. One member must be a representative from the branch in which the veteran served, and this member will be the individual who presents the flag.

Honors also can include:

  • A three-volley rifle salute to represent duty, honor, and country
  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket
  • A final salute at the gravesite



Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the U.S. 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.
  • 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, 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.



Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:



Lakeshore Family Funeral Homes

 

Pfeffer Funeral Home
Phone: (920) 684-4642
928 S. 14th Street
Manitowoc, WI, 54220

Jens Family Funeral Services & Crematory
Phone: (920) 682-1568
1122 S. 8th Street
Manitowoc, WI, 54220

Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Services
Phone: (920) 682-0118
818 State Street
Manitowoc, WI, 54220

Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Services
Phone: (920) 732-3535
1124 Main Street
Kellnersville, WI, 54215

Klein & Stangel Funeral Home
Phone: (920) 793-1396
1420 22nd Street
Two Rivers, WI, 54241

Christianson & Deja Funeral Home
Phone: (920) 775-4433
202 S. Liberty Street
Valders, WI, 54245

All Care Crematory and Reception Center
Phone: (920) 684-0021
925 S. 14th Street
Manitowoc, WI, 54220

Faithful Friends Pet Cremation
Phone: (920) 769-0500
1122 S. 8th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Service
Phone: (920) 449-5455
123 South Street
Plymouth, WI 53073


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