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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

Words cannot express the debt of gratitude we all owe to those who protect our American way of life. To the noble men and women who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to preserve our freedoms, save our lives, protect our homes and keep our families safe, we respectfully salute you all.

Our family is honored to help you make arrangements for any combination of traditional military tributes. If you are a Veteran or are responsible for the arrangements of a Veteran, you can count on us to provide a high level of dignity and understanding, the kind of respect and attention that every Veteran deserves to receive.



Standard Honor Military Funerals

Traditional elements and honors can include the following:

  • A military chaplain for family members
  • A flag presentation service by the chaplain of the American Legion
  • A final salute at the gravesite

Full Honor Military Funerals

Full elements and honors includes standard honors and the following:

  • Depending on their rank, a three-volley salute
  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket and given to the next of kin following the service
  • The playing of Taps

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.

Who is not eligible for Military Funeral Honors?

  • Any person separated from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions or whose character of service results in a bar to veteran's benefits. 
  • Any person who was ordered to report to an induction station, but was not actually inducted into military service. 
  • Any person discharged from the Selected Reserve prior to completing one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service for reasons other than a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  • Any person convicted of a Federal or State capital crime sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

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 63132

The Standard Form 180 may be obtained from the National Records Center or via the following web site: 
https://www.archives.gov/files/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf

Is 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. or by writing:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Commissioned Personnel Center
Chief, Officer Services Division (CPC1)

1315 East-West Highway, Room 12100

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

For PHS personnel, funeral honors eligibility is established using PHS Form 1867, Statement of Service (equivalent to the DD Form 214).  If the family does not have a copy of the Statement of Service, it may be obtained by contacting the Privacy Coordinator for the Commissioned Corps at (240) 453-6041 or writing:

Division of Commissioned Personnel/HRS/PSC

Attention: Privacy Act Coordinator 
5600 Fishers Lane 4-36 
Rockville, Maryland 20857

Other Veteran Benefits

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. Certificates are issued in the name of deceased honorably discharged 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, 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

For more information about military funerals, please visit the following links:

Charles M. Noll Funeral Home | (570) 322-0743
1 East Central Ave., South Williamsport, PA


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