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The death of a veteran or active duty military member is difficult and deserves special attention and additional honor, which can be an overwhelming process to navigate. California Cremation and Burial has vast experience and extensive knowledge of the processes involved in the burial or cremation of our San Diego Veterans and military, an important aspect to honoring all San Diego Veterans with military honors. California Cremation and Burial, thankfully supports all our troops in whatever way we can!

San Diego is a tried and true military town, more specifically, a Navy town. San Diego Bay is a Navy "megaport" -- a third of the United States Navy's Pacific Fleet is homeported in San Diego.Besides uniformed personnel figured at 95,000 and dependents that boost the number to 175,000, San Diego County is home to more retired military personnel than any other county in the nation.

Military personnel and dependents receive very deserved benefits in life. What many families are not aware of are the benefits extended when a Veteran passes away. Where there is a large military population, there are also families and friends of our military personnel, everyone knows a veteran or someone enlisted in the service in San Diego. California Cremation and Burial will assist veterans and their families in making arrangements for your military or veteran funeral in San Diego County.

Services and benefits provided at national cemeteries are:

  • Opening and closing of the grave
  • Perpetual care
  • Government headstone or marker
  • Burial flag
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate

All of this is provided at no cost to the family. Some veterans may be even eligible for burial allowances. Cremated remains are buried or interred in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

Are you or your loved one eligible for Veteran funeral benefits?

Any family requesting military funeral honors for an eligible veteran is entitled by law to receive the ceremony. The ceremony includes a detail of at least two uniformed military members, folding and presentation of the burial flag, and playing of taps -- though taps might be a recording played on a so-called digital bugle because vets eligible for funeral honors die at a daily rate of 3-to-1 to the military's available buglers. The VA has provided us with "honors kits," information and forms required to request a funeral with honors. As your funeral director we can coordinate necessary steps with the VA's area coordinator to ensure an eligible veteran receives funeral honors.

Beyond benefits for a veteran’s disposition, The government provides benefits to spouses. Burial allowances are partial reimbursement for the eligible veteran's funeral and burial expenses. The VA pays up to $2,000 on expenses incurred for a veteran who died of a service-related cause on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The amount is $1,500 for deaths before Sept. 10, 2001. All or some transportation costs for vets buried in national cemeteries can be reimbursed. If cause of death is not service-related, payments are allocated in two versions: funeral and burial expense, and plot interment allowance. Nonservice-related deaths are reimbursable at a rate of $300 for funeral and burial expenses, and $300 plot-interment allowance. If the veteran passed away at a VA hospital or a VA-contracted nursing home, some or all transportation costs may be reimbursed.

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