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Veteran Services

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and we promise to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service.

 


 

Traditional Honors

Eligible veterans receive the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps by a bugler or recording. These honors are performed by an honor guard detail that has at least two members of the Armed Forces. One member must be a representative from the branch in which the veteran served, and this member presents the flag.

Honors also can include:

  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket
  • A three-volley rifle salute to represent duty, honor, and country
  • A final salute at the gravesite



Veteran Benefits

In addition to honoring your veteran during the service, we can help contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for:

  • Headstones: The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state, or military cemeteries.
  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate: This certificate shows the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. It includes the veteran's name and the signature of the President.
  • Memorial plots: If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA can provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you want to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot.
  • Burial in a national cemetery: This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.
  • Reimbursement of burial: For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review the Guide to VA Burial Allowances.



Eligibility

Military funeral honors are free and mandated by law for eligible veterans. Eligibility is verified by the veteran’s DD-214, or discharge papers. Eligible members are:

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed with honorable conditions.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under honorable conditions.

Other Resources

Check out these resources for more information about honoring veterans and military funerals:

Gunderson Funeral Home - Cross Plains
Phone: (608) 798-3141
2421 Church St., Cross Plains, WI 53528

Gunderson Funeral Home - Fitchburg
Phone: (608) 442-5002
2950 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg, WI 53711

Gunderson Funeral Home - Lodi
Phone: (608) 592-3201
157 S. Main St., Lodi, WI 53555

Gunderson Funeral Home - Madison
Phone: (608) 221-5420
5203 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716

Gunderson Funeral Home - Middleton
Phone: (608) 831-6761
7435 University Ave., Middleton, WI 53562

Gunderson Funeral Home - Oregon
Phone: (608) 835-3515
1150 Park St., Oregon, WI 53575

Gunderson Funeral Home - Stoughton
Phone: (608) 873-4590
1358 Hwy. 51 N., Stoughton, WI 53589

Gunderson Funeral Home - Mt. Horeb
Phone: (608) 437-5077
500 N. 8th St., Mt. Horeb, WI 53572

Gunderson Funeral Home - Black Earth
Phone: (608) 767-3684
1710 Center St., Black Earth, WI 53515


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