Most military honors, benefits and services require one important document:  the military DD-214. The DD-214 is The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.  Without the DD-214 discharge document many of these services cannot be obtained.  Frankly the key to a successful funeral service is the same as key success of any military operation:  prior preparation.

You need to ensure that you have staged all-important documentation where it can easily be found by your family or important friend.

a.  DD-214

b.  VA form 40-1330 , request for a headstone or medallion
c.  which cemetery to use.  Are you eligible to be buried in a Military Cemetery?   Do you want to?  Do you want to be buried or would you rather be cremated?

d.  name of  funeral home

e.  life insurance policy number and phone number to either your agent or the company.  Where are your policies?

f.  did you purchase a final resting place?  If so, where is it?

g.  are the funds available for a casket and other related expenses?

i.  if you are receiving social security, are there plans for someone else to benefit from them?

Have a PLAN!

If you can't find your DD-214, request one:

When you were discharged, did you record one at your Court House?  When you joined the American Legion, did you give the Legion one for safe keeping?

Requesting your DD 214 from the National Archives and Records Administration

The Maryland National Guard Honor Guard (MDNGHG) offers Military Funeral Honors to veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States.  Who do you want to receive your flag?

To speak with someone regarding Military Funeral Honors contact the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard at 410-576-6133.

Each site below provided information on veteran Cemeteries in the State of Maryland along with eligibility requirements, hours of
operations, and other general information.  The State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Cemetery and Memorial Program:

National Cemetery Administration web site for location of national cemeteries;

National Cemetery Administration; Headstones, Markers and Medallions:


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