We truly believe that the men and women who answered our nation’s call embody the ideals Americans hold so dear. Because they have proven their devotion to their fellow citizens and to a grateful nation, we all owe them the same respect and devotion in return.
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Why Do More Families Trust Us to Care for their Veteran?
We are known for our compassionate, caring and thoroughly professional staff, and have years of experience in planning military services. Whether your family chooses cremation or burial, we will be proud to take care of all the details involved.
We are Proud to Honor Those Who Served
Miles Funeral Home is proud to honor our U.S. Military Veterans who have served us during both war and peace time. We actively process veteran's benefits on behalf of the families we serve. Specific veteran's benefits are available to military personnel who were honorably discharged from the military, regardless of branch of service. The Summation of Veteran's Benefits will be different for each family. For very specific details on veteran's benefits, visit the government website, www.va.gov.
We have provided a general summation:
Military Discharge Papers
Miles will acquire, if the family is unable to find their copy and if available from Veterans Services, the military discharge papers for our veterans. These discharge papers, also known as a DD214, assist us in coordinating all veteran's benefits.
Miles will coordinate the appropriate military branch to present the burial flag at the time of cemetery interment, at a church funeral or at a funeral home service.
As a way to show the Nation's deep gratitude to those who have faithfully defended our country, the U.S. Government provides an American Flag. The flag is cotton and measures 5 wide x 9 1/2 long. Miles will process the Application for the flag and ensure its availability for services.
Burial in a Veteran's National Cemetery
Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of the 130 national cemeteries with available space. The government acquires the financial responsibility for opening/closing and perpetual care. Miles will coordinate all interments within a Veteran's National Cemetery. We have three which are local: Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon and Agawam, and the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.
Veteran's Headstones and Markers
A veteran's marker is provided free-of-charge by the U.S. Government when the veteran is interred in a cemetery. Each cemetery has installation policies on the type of markers they accept and whether or not there is an installation fee. Miles prepares the Application, processes the request with Veteran's Services and coordinates cemetery delivery for installation. There is usually a 2 to 3 month turnaround from the government.
Presidential Memorial Certificates
Presidential Memorial Certificates are engraved paper certificates from the White House signed by our current U.S. President to honor the memory of an honorable discharged deceased veteran. Miles will coordinate the processing of these certificates which will be mailed to the next-of-kin. There is usually a 2-month turnaround from the government.
Veterans Life Insurance
Some veterans purchased V.A. Life Insurance when they were discharged from the military. Once notified by the family, Miles will contact the V.A. Life Insurance Group at 1-800-669-8477, inquire if there is a policy, complete the Claim Form and process the claim on behalf of the beneficiary. There is usually a short turnaround from the government on the payment of the death benefit.
Burial benefits are usually available to U.S. Veterans who have been receiving disability benefits as a direct result of the veteran's service or for a veteran who dies in a V.A. Hospital. Once notified by the family, Miles will contact veteran's services at 1-800-827-1000 and prepare the Application, if the family is eligible. There is usually a 2 to 12 month turnaround from the government.