We Love Our Veterans

"Proudly Serving Those Who Proudly Served”

Turning to the rich history of the rural cemeteries of the 19th century, the architects of Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery preserved the historic elements of a time when cemeteries became, not only places of mourning, but also places for those wanting to experience the peacefulness and serenity of a beautiful park.

All veterans’ families will be relieved of the burden of completing and filing the necessary paperwork to receive veterans’ burial benefits. Our staff will take care of all the details: we will obtain the flag to drape the casket, the grave marker, and arrange military honors at burial in the cemetery of your choice– including burial at the local national cemetery, should that be the desire of the family. Our staff will also assist you in processing the paperwork for the military burial at sea option.  For further information on our dedicated service to veterans and their families, please call 941-639-1171.

A Basic FAQ for Veterans and their Families

While our staff is available to answer your questions 24/7, we also knows that getting the answers to the most common questions we hear regarding veterans’ services from our website will give our families a good foundation of knowledge for when they come for at-need or pre-need arrangements for the veteran in their life.


What is included in veterans’ burial benefits?

Veterans’ burial benefits include:

- A gravesite in any of the 125 national cemeteries with available space
- Opening and closing of the grave
- Perpetual care
- A Government headstone or marker
- A burial flag

- A Presidential Memorial Certificate

All are at no cost to the family.

Some veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

The VA suggests that if burial will be in a private cemetery and a Government headstone or marker will be requested for the veteran’s grave, that the family apply for one in advance so that the application can be placed with the veterans military discharge papers for use at the time of need.

Gravesites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance; however, reservations made prior to 1962 will be honored. Families are encouraged to prepare in advance by discussing cemetery options, collecting the veteran’s military information including discharge papers, and by contacting the cemetery where burial is desired.


Are Veteran’s dependents eligible for burial benefits? 

Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependent’s name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the veteran’s headstone, at no cost to the family.  Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the veteran.


How do I arrange for Military Honors?

Upon the family's request, the law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps. The law defines a military funeral honors detail as consisting of two or more uniformed military persons with at least one a member of the veteran's parent service of the Armed Forces.

All you need to do is inform our staff of your wishes, as it is our responsibility to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veterans' family. Please be aware that local veterans’ organizations may assist in the provision of military funeral honors at local cemeteries. When military funeral honors at a national cemetery are desired, they are arranged prior to the committal service by the funeral home.


What kind of headstone will the government provide?

The VA furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.

Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze, and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.


What is the Presidential Memorial Certificate?

A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans. It is given as an expression of the country’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s service in the United States Armed Forces. Eligible recipients include the deceased veteran’s next of kin and loved ones, and more than one certificate may be provided. Our staff will assist you in the completion of the required paperwork.


How can I be buried at sea?

Burial at Sea is a means of final disposition of remains that is performed on United States Navy vessels. The committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed. Therefore, family members are not allowed to be present. The commanding officer of the ship assigned to perform the ceremony will notify the family of the date, time, longitude and latitude once the committal service has been completed. Should you desire a burial at sea, our staff will prepare the required paperwork.

If your question wasn’t addressed here, please call 941-639-1171. Our staff will be able to provide you with the answers you’re looking for – and, if you’d like, we’ll set an appointment to come to your home for a more detailed discussion of veterans’ burial benefits.


Vietnam Wall

In mid 2013, a group of Vietnam Veterans in Southwest Florida, discovered that a Vietnam traveling memorial wall located in Texas was up for sale, and the idea of bringing a permanent wall to Charlotte County was born.

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