Veterans & First Responders

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Stacey Cooper

Anderson is honored to extend special benefits, privileges, and discounts to veterans and first responders.

Our Care Team will help you take advantage of all benefits and privileges entitled to you by your service to our country and this community. Furthermore, we are pleased to apply a 10% discount on our Professional Staff Services, Facilities, and Automotive Equipment. (Eligibility requirement: DD214 or EMS Credentials.)

For First Responders (Police, Fire, and EMS) who make the ultimate sacrifice while serving our community, there will be no charge for our Professional Staff Services, Facilities, and Automotive Equipment.

In addition to navigating the requirements for these benefits, our Care Team will coordinate any additional meaningful elements to honor your service. Some popular elements include bagpipe and drum performances, special procession vehicles, and Military Funeral Honors as prescribed by the status of the veteran.

Who is Classified as a First Responder?

First Responders

As first responders, you are often the ones who are called to help in times of disaster. You're the people that provide emergency medical care and tend to those involved in accidents. And when it comes to your health, it's important for you not only to have a reliable source of income but also to be able to protect yourself from illnesses and injuries on the job. Many people fit the profile of a first responder and it can be difficult to know who is classified as one. First responders include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and security personnel. What does this mean for your organization? It means you need to make sure they have what they need for them to do their job effectively! So, if you're a nurse, doctor, paramedic, EMT, or even a family member on the scene giving aid-you are considered a First Responder!

What Benefits Do You Get for Being a Veteran?


There are several ways our nation honors its deceased veterans when they die including an inputted burial in Arlington National Cemetery or even receiving a Presidential Memorial Certificate. The Department of Veteran Affairs can provide these services at no cost which is extremely helpful considering the high funeral costs that usually come along with death. The VA can provide free headstones, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and even cash to help with expenses!

Military Funeral Honors

A free military funeral honors ceremony is a service dedicated to those who have served in the armed forces. It is mandatory by law to render free Military Funeral Honors for veterans. The honor guard detail for this type of service consists of no less than two members from different branches representing their parent department's services.

The honor detail will perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to their next of kin. It also involves playing taps, which is customary when honoring officers who have died in service. When taps are played by a bugler, the parent service representative will present the flag. However, if there are not enough buglers available to play taps at every veteran's funeral then services may provide an electronic recording of taps instead.

Funeral Honors Eligibility

  • Funeral Honors are provided to military members on active duty.
  • To be eligible for a military funeral honors duty, one must have served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces or as an enlisted member of the U.S.
  • Military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the reserves and departed under conditions other than dishonorable are eligible for Funeral Honors.

How to Verify Eligibility for Funeral Honors

Military Funeral

To verify eligibility, the preferred method is to use a DD Form 214. However, if one isn't available any document showing honorable service can be used as well. They can also be requested online from National Archives website by filling out and submitting an application form on their site.

What is Veterans Burial Allowance?

VA burial allowances help families pay for funeral costs. The amount paid depends on whether the death was service-connected or if the veteran was hospitalized by VA at the time of death, among other factors.

Those who wish to be buried or interred in a VA National Cemetery will not have any expenses. If you want to be buried or interred in a VA national cemetery, it's free. Many states and tribes also have veteran cemeteries that provide burials for veterans at an affordable cost.

What are Veterans Burial Flags?

A U.S flag may be provided for free to cover the casket of a deceased veteran who served with honor in their time in military service. This is usually given as a keepsake after its use during the funeral ceremony, and it is generally presented to family members by officials from an appropriate organization or location that provides this kind of support related to veterans' affairs.

Who is Eligible for a Burial Flag?

If you are a veteran of the armed forces, the VA will provide you with a flag for your burial.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides a burial flag to any veteran who served honorably at the time of death.

Headstones and Markers

Did you know that the VA has provided headstones or markers for any unmarked grave of an eligible veteran? If you are a veteran, the VA will provide a government headstone or marker for your unmarked grave in any cemetery around the world.

If you are a veteran who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and your grave is marked with an unofficial headstone, the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide either another marker to supplement it or a small medallion that can be placed onto the existing one.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upright headstones in granite and marble, bronze markers for flat graves in many locations across the country. The VA also provides niche markers to mark columbaria used for cremated remains at private cemeteries that permit them.

When an individual is buried or memorialized in a national cemetery, state veterans' cemetery, or military post/base cemetery, the next of kin should submit inscription information to have headstones ordered.

A spouse or dependent of a veteran is not eligible for headstones provided by the Federal Government unless they are buried in one of three types of cemeteries: national cemetery, state veterans' cemetery, or military post/base. There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself, however, arrangements to place it in a private cemetery are your responsibility and all setting fees will be at your expense.

Who is Eligible for Veterans’ Headstones?

The VA cannot issue a headstone or marker for spouses and children who are buried in private cemeteries. The eligibility to receive one has the same requirements as those of national cemeteries, however, reservists without active-duty service can be eligible if they were entitled to retired pay at the time of death.

We have found that very few veterans and their families have an accurate understanding of the benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Because of that, we have developed a comprehensive, 56-page, Veterans Planning Guide as a resource to help you take advantage of all the VA burial benefits you earned through your service.

Contact us for a free copy of our comprehensive Veterans Planning Guide. A friendly member of our care team will happily deliver and review the guide with you.

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