Cremation For Veterans: What to Expect

Individuals in the United States military have dedicated their lives to serving their country. When members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard have made the ultimate sacrifice, they deserve an honored burial with the arrangements they want. 

Whether you are a grieving family member in the planning stages or you are helping a loved one by making arrangements, Baldwin Cremation is able to guide you through the process. Our mission is to handle all cremation details and more while honoring veterans and their families. Here is what you can expect when it comes to cremation services for veterans in Orlando and Central Florida. 

Cremation Planning Costs

Traditional burials include the cost of the casket, headstone, gravesite, and body preparation such as embalming. Instead, cremation is a viable option for families who want to keep the cost of burial at a reasonable rate. Cremation is also preferable for simplicity. It’s typically easier and more flexible than preserving and burying a body. 

While the costs of service may vary, there are still benefits you can expect through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans Affairs provides health care benefits and services to military members and frequent assistance to family members. In fact, it is likely they will help you cover the expense of cremation through reimbursement. To find out more, it is best to contact your local chapter to learn what services are offered for you. 

Options for Burial

Once you have made the decision for cremation, there is a lot you can do with cremation ashes. You may bury them in their final resting place in a specially chosen urn or piece of cremation jewelry. Or you can scatter the ashes in a meaningful area that has been decided on beforehand. For instance, a close relative’s backyard or garden. Either way, this is a personal choice that is typically left in their families’ hands. 

A memorial service is separate than the cremation and burial. Services can be held privately at home, at a religious institution such as a church, or another separate site. As a veteran, you may request a burial flag from the U.S. government. Your local VA chapter will be able to help you receive this flag in time for the service. And depending on whether they are buried in a national cemetery, the government may provide a headstone as well. 

Resources For Veterans and Cremation 

Baldwin Brothers Cremation builds our reputation on trust and compassion. We have many decades of service and experience in the industry. Allow us to help you through this time. 

Baldwin Brothers Cremation wants to be a resource for you and your family. This is why we are here for you every step of the way. If you are planning a cremation for a loved one who is a veteran, do not hesitate to contact us at (877) 410-2424. We are proud to serve you in the an Orlando, Ocala, and Fort Myers areas.