We believe that it is our responsibility to honor the sacrifices and celebrate the achievements of our veterans as they are heroes who have contributed to the preservation of the freedoms we enjoy today. Wylie Funeral Homes PA offers comprehensive veteran options to appropriately pay tribute to the life of a veteran. Our compassionate and caring professionals are experts in planning military services. Depending on the branch of service, military detachments may provide an honor guard, a flag and taps. Any veteran with an honorable discharge or even those with no living family will always be given military honors and interment in a national cemetery.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (www.va.gov) provides benefits for a veteran’s family if they can provide a copy of their honorable discharge papers. These benefits include a flag, burial in a national veterans’ cemetery, a headstone/marker, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and military honors. If burial is in a veterans’ cemetery, a grave can also be reserved for a surviving spouse and dependent children.
If your loved one’s discharge papers (DD214) cannot be located, a copy can be ordered for a fee through: www.touchstoneresearchgroup.com
Touchstone also provides express service that can expedite the receipt of the military paper work to assist the funeral home with applying for military burial benefits: www.touchstoneresearchgroup.com/DD214_Funeral.html
There are additional monetary allowances toward burial expenses if the veteran’s death occurs in a federal VA hospital or if the veteran was receiving a VA pension at the time of death. The State of Maryland also offers an allowance under other circumstances. Because federal and state guidelines vary, we will be glad to offer information on an individual basis.
The Local Veteran Service Office
Baltimore Regional Benefit Office
31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201
The Veteran Service Office has a very helpful web site: http://www.benefits.va.gov/baltimore/index.asp
If your veteran had life insurance coverage with Government National Life Insurance, we can help with that claim or they can be reached at 1-800-669-8477.
We will also assist in completing all applications for benefits to which a veteran or their family are entitled and eligible, including:
- Burial in a national cemetery
- Securing an American flag
- Receiving military honors
- Obtaining a headstone or marker
- Receiving monetary burial benefits & transportation, if applicable
- Receiving a Presidential Memorial Certificate
World War II Registry of Remembrances
Any service man or woman who helped win World War II, whether in battle or on the home front, is eligible for the Registry. To enter your name or the name of someone you wish to honor for their service to our country, you may register by visiting the Registry at: www.wwiimemorial.com
Maryland Veteran Cemeteries
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery
11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD 20623
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10
Phone: 301-372-6398 Fax: 301-782-7310
Crownsville Veterans Cemetery
1122 Sunrise Beach Road Crownsville, MD 21032
Phone: 410-987-6320 Fax: 410-987-3920
Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery
6827 E. New Market Ellwood Road, Hurlock, MD 21643
Phone: 410-943-3420 Fax: 410-943-3680
Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery
11501 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117
Phone: 410-363-6090 Fax: 410-363-1533
Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery
14205 Pleasant Valley Road, NE, Flintstone, MD 21530
Phone: 301-777-2185 Fax: 301-777-2402
Your Floral Tributes can be as distinct as your loved one’s life — totally unique or very simple.