New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Our Veterans' Families

The purpose for conducting Military Funeral Honors is to honor the veteran, and to support his or her family by providing those honors. Our goal is to ensure that all funeral missions are completed to standard, and that they leave a positive and memorable memory for the veteran’s family. Funeral Directors usually assist the family with requesting honors. However, the information below may help answer some of your questions.

Veterans: All eligible veterans (those who are Honorably Discharged) are entitled to a basic military honors. This includes a two or three Soldier detail, the playing of Taps, the folding of the Flag, and the presentation of the Flag to the next-of-kin.

Retirees: Retirees are entitled to a nine-Soldier detail. This detail is similar to the basic military honors, but includes a firing party.

Medal of Honor Recipients, Active Duty Deaths, and KIAs: These honors include a six-Soldier casket carry and flag fold, and a seven-Soldier firing party.

If you have any questions regarding these services, please check our FAQs page for a quick answer. You may also call our headquarters office on the Contact Us page.
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