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Who is Eligible for Military Funeral Benefits?

Published: November 21, 2022

Who is eligible for military funeral benefits?

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.

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

While not eligible for military honors, spouses and children can be eligible for burial at a military cemetery. A spouse, surviving spouse or dependent of an eligible Veteran or member of the Armed Forces may be eligible for interment in a national cemetery even if that Veteran is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery. For purposes of burial in a national cemetery, a minor child is a child who is unmarried, can be buried if they are under 21 years old, or still in school at 23 years old. For a child who is physically or mentally disabled, they may be of any age and still qualify for burial at a national cemetery

 
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