Where do I start? Scheduling is easy. Every veteran has earned the right to have actively serving Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, or Coast Guardsmen present at their funeral. Family members should call the appropriate number below, or ask if their funeral director will do so on their behalf. Be prepared to give details about the veteran you are scheduling the Honors for as well as where and when the Honors will take place. You will be asked to send proof of eligible military service.
Documentation requirements: DD-214 for active duty or reserve components, or Form NGB 22 for National Guard Soldiers or Certificate of Honorable Discharge.
Note: documentation may be requested from the National Archives. Their website is: www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. There may be restrictions on who is able to request specific documents; however, anyone may request a document stating “Honorable Service.” This document will be sufficient proof for Military Funeral Honors.
Veterans Service Organizations.
The Honor Guard recognizes the valuable role that members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars play in honoring our veterans and may partner with them to provide each veteran their richly deserved Honors.
Department of Defense Instruction
Military units are required to provide, at a minimum, a two person uniformed detail to present the core elements of the Funeral Honors ceremony. The core elements of the Funeral Honors ceremony, which will be conducted, are: 1) Playing of Taps 2) Flag folding 3) Flag presentation.
ARMY VETERANS – Northern California (888)634-7496
MARINE VETERANS – (866) 826-3628
NAVY VETERANS – (800) 326-9631
AIR FORCE VETERANS (800) 586-8402
COAST GUARD VETERANS – Northern California (510)437-3712
ENHANCED HONORS includes a firing party and the firing parties are arranged through the local American Legion Post 568 in Greenville at (530)941-6860 or the local VFW Post 3758 in Portola at (530)832-4300.
MILITARY HONOR GUARD REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 48 HOURS TO RESPOND. ENHANCED HONORS THROUGH OUR LOCAL AMERICAN LEGION AND VFW YOU WILL HAVE TO CALL TO FIND OUT AS THE SHOOTERS ARE VOLUNTEERS AND THEY MAY REQUIRE MORE NOTICE. See the phone numbers above under Enhanced Honors.
THERE IS NO COST FOR MILITARY HONORS.