Veterans are special people.
Our family has great affection for those who have served our country. My grandfather was a major in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served with distinction in the South Pacific and returned to raise a large family of patriots. My father served in the Air Force during Vietnam, and I was in the Air Force Reserve during a time when patriotism did not require great sacrifice.
Now our family is in the funeral service industry and it is time to do our small part to repay veterans who are increasingly coming to the end of their lives. The best thing we can do is to help their families cope with their loss and to ease their financial burden.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides burial benefits including a grave site in any of 120 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family.
Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
Barton Family Funeral Service makes a point of inquiring if the deceased had military service so the family is aware of the simple but meaningful tribute our country pays to veterans.
We are fortunate to have the Tahoma National Cemetery conveniently located in our area:
Directions to Tahoma National Cemetery from Sea-Tac Airport:
From Sea-Tac Airport -take I-5 South to Exit No. 149, Highway 516 to Kent. Highway 516 to Wax Road. Turn left on Wax Road, follow road to stop sign. Go straight thru stop sign onto 180th St. Travel 1 mile to 240th St. and turn right. Cemetery is adjacent to Tahoma High School.
For complete information about the Tahoma National Cemetery, please consult their web site.
For information about VA burial benefits and eligibility, please consult this page on the VA site.
Barton Family Funeral Service makes a point of inquiring if the deceased had military service so the family is aware of the simple but meaningful tribute our country pays to veterans. The availability of a dedicated burial place for veterans represents a significant savings as the cost of burial sites in commercial cemeteries continues to increase.
Qualified veterans are entitled to a free burial in a national cemetery and a grave marker. Spouses and dependent children also are entitled to a lot and marker when buried in a national cemetery. There are no charges for opening or closing the grave, for a vault or liner, or for setting the marker in a national cemetery.
Beware of commercial cemeteries that advertise so-called “veterans’ specials.” Some cemeteries offer a free plot for the veteran, but charge exorbitant rates for an adjoining plot for the spouse, as well as high fees for opening and closing each grave. Evaluate the bottom-line cost to be sure the special is as special as you may be led to believe.
In order to document a veteran’s eligibility, the family should locate a form DD214 that veterans receive upon discharge. See Example Here
If the family cannot find the DD214, we will do a search to locate it in government archives.
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“Taps” performed in Arlington National Cemetery (summer and winter)