The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of folding and presenting the US flag to the veteran's family, as well as playing Taps. A funeral honors detail comprised of at least two members of the Armed Forces performing the ceremony.
The status of the veteran will determine the Funeral Honors accorded to you or your veteran. Funeral Honors can be Full Military Honors, a 7-person Detail, or a Standard Honors Team Detail.
At least one member of the funeral honors detail will be from the military branch in which the deceased veteran served. Taps can be performed by a bugler or, if one is not available, by a high-quality recorded version. If the veteran/family requests it, Military Funeral Honor Teams may serve as Pall Bearers.
We need a copy of the DD 214 discharge paperwork, which shows that the veteran received an honorable discharge, in order to apply for veteran military funeral honors. Fill out a Standard Form 180 and mail it to the following address to acquire the DD Form 214:
National Personnel Records Center(NPRC)
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
The National Records Center or the website below both offer access to the Standard Form 180: http://www.archives.gov/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf
Yes. Funeral honors are also available to members of the Commissioned Officer Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), both of which are Uniformed Services.
NOAA Form 56-16, Report of Transfer or Discharge, is used to determine eligibility for NOAA staff. If the family does not already have a copy of the NOAA Form 56-16, it can be obtained by calling the Chief, Officer Services Division, NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center at (301) 713-7715 or writing to:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Commissioned Personnel Center
Chief, Officer Services Division (CPC1)
1315 East-West Highway, Room 12100
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Funeral honors eligibility for PHS employees is determined using PHS Form 1867, Statement of Service (equivalent to the DD Form 214). If the family needs a copy of the Statement of Service, they can get one by writing to or calling the Commissioned Corps privacy coordinator at (240) 453-6041:
Division of Commissioned Personnel/HRS/PSC
Attention: Privacy Act Coordinator
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857