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.