Men and women who served and protected the United States through dedicated military service deserve the best treatment in life and in death. Patriotic, reverent veteran funeral services in Ogden, UT are one of Leavitt’s specialties. Government benefits for honorably-discharged veterans may include a cemetery plot and burial allowances, as well as a custom headstone. Families of veterans also receive a full-size burial flag, which is usually presented to their next-of-kin as a keepsake after the funeral services conclude. Occasionally, survivors are eligible for a family financial contribution. Veteran funeral benefits don’t come automatically and are sadly missed by some families. Someone in the family usually must request such services by filling out the official paperwork. To begin the benefits paperwork for a veteran to determine eligibility, please contact us. We’re always here to help!
A Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony is the typical veteran funeral service in which there is a presentation of the United States flag to the veteran’s family accompanied by a rendition of Taps. Any military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve are eligible, as well as former military members who served on active duty or at least one term of enlistment and were honorably-discharged. At least two members of the Armed Forces will be present for the funeral honors detail, with at least one of them representing the branch in which the deceased veteran served. To determine eligibility, you’ll be asked to submit the DD Form 214 – the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. This can be obtained by contacting the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and filling out the Standard Form 180 at https://www.archives.gov/files/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf.
The typical veteran funeral service may include a burial flag used to drape the casket or accompany the urn, as well as a ceremonial presentation of this burial flag to the deceased veteran’s next-of-kin. Taps may be played live by a bugler or bagpiper upon request or using a high-quality recorded version. Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park also offers many personalization funeral options, ranging from the creation of a memorial website or video tribute to the release of doves at the conclusion of a service. Our experienced funeral directors would be happy to help you plan the appropriate funeral or memorial service to honor the memory of your loved one. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what creative ideas you may have for the service, and we’ll accommodate your wishes accordingly. We have planned services for veterans from all backgrounds, faiths, and cultures.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will furnish a government headstone or marker for any deceased eligible veteran buried in any cemetery upon request. Veterans’ headstones usually come in granite, marble, and bronze for flat markers and granite or marble for upright headstones. Cemetery officials may order headstones and markers for burial in a national cemetery or state veterans’ cemetery based on the information provided by the next-of-kin or authorized representative.
Our staff would be happy to help you through the entire process of planning veteran funeral services in Ogden, UT, including burial services in a national cemetery if that is an option. Designated as United States National Cemeteries, there are 146 places of rest for military loved ones in nationally recognized cemeteries. Military personnel, vets, and their spouses are eligible. State veteran cemeteries are also an option we would be privileged to help your family explore.
Curious about how veteran funeral services work in Ogden, UT? Contact us today to speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff. Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park has been assisting families in Northern Utah with their funeral and memorial preparations for well over 90 years. However, our services extend beyond making funeral, burial, or cremation arrangements. We can help you fill out the necessary paperwork for Social Security or veterans’ benefits. We’ve also assisted many veterans with pre-planning, so they’re fully aware of their options well before the time comes for their final farewell. If we’re ever unable to answer your specific question, we’ll gladly point you in the direction of someone who can help, thanks to our many years of expertise and carefully honed contacts.