Veterans & Military Funeral & Memorial Planning

The personal sacrifices made by members of the armed forces cannot be overestimated. We deeply appreciate those who have served our country with courage and selflessness, and Dignity Memorial® providers are honored to do our part in turn by caring for military veterans and their families.

If you are a veteran or the spouse, parent or child of a veteran, it’s important to be aware of the benefits that may be available to you. It is also important to know that these benefits do not come automatically and must be requested in advance, typically through applications and forms outlining service history and burial intent. We have many years of planning funerals for veterans and can help with this process. We can also help ensure that you or your veteran loved one is honored with a proper military funeral as well as personal touches that reflect his or her unique personality.


The resources on this page will answer questions, offer guidance and walk you through planning a memorial worthy of a veteran. Whether your need is now or you are planning ahead for yourself, we are here when you need us with expert veterans funeral care.

This granite monument dedicated to Veterans and their families reads 'Patriotic Sacrifice Forever Remembered' at Highland Park Cemetery & Mausoleum

VA death benefits

Applying for death benefits offered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs can be confusing. Knowledge is power, and this article walks you through the different VA benefit offerings, what you might qualify for and how your Dignity Memorial professional can guide you through the application process.

Military Funeral Honors are performed in front of the Armed Forces flags.

Military funeral traditions

Military funeral traditions honor those who have served in the armed forces. Learn how elements like the presentation of the flag and the playing of Taps are important parts of a dignified military burial.

Veterans section at Wisconsin Memorial Park Inc

Veterans cemeteries

Our easy-to-use search tool lets you search for veterans cemeteries in your area. Keep in mind that many cemeteries offer dedicated veterans sections, even if they are not designated as a veterans cemetery.

A bagpipe musician plays in front of the Armed Forces flags. A service man salutes behind him.

We honor veterans and public servants

Since 2000, we have provided thousands of no-cost burial and funeral services for military and first responders.

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Funeral planning checklist

Our funeral planning checklist walks you through what you need to know when planning a memorial service and burial, including getting a death certificate and writing an obituary.

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Plan a memorial fit for a hero

Serving in the military is a badge of honor that deserves recognition. Our free guide, 10 Important Facts About Your VA Burial Benefits, will walk you through everything you need to know to plan a dignified funeral for a member of the Armed Forces. From the folding of the flag to the playing of “Taps” and other government benefits, we’ll help you plan a memorial fitting of your loved one’s service to our country.

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