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Blair-Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory understands the needs of a veteran.  We will help you fill in the forms for benefits you have earned through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  To help you, here are a few facts:

  1. You will need documentation to verify military service.  Discharge papers are usually the verification needed.  If you have lost your copies, we can help you secure them.
  2. A flag must be requested.  One flag per veteran must be requested on a form, U.S. Flag for Burial Purposes, from the V.A. Regional Office or from the U. S. Post Office.  We will request your flag and have it ready for presentation.
  3. Military Funeral Honors must be requested in advance.  We make the request for you from the appropriate military organization.   We usually use VFW Gold Post 7023 or American Legion Post 752, both in Perryopolis.  If you belong to a different one, we will contact them for you.  The service usually includes the presentation of the flag and the playing of taps.
  4. Caskets are not provided free, unless the veteran dies in active duty.
  5. If you choose to be buried in a local cemetery, an allowance of $300 is usually available but you must meet the following requirements:
    1. Payment for the burial was made without any other government reimbursement.
    2. The veteran was disabled due to a service related injury.

And one of these conditions:

  • The veteran died of  a service related disability
  • The veteran died in a V.A. hospital or nursing home under V.A. contract
  • The veteran was receiving V.A. pension or compensation

We will fill out the Application for Burial Benefits and send it in for you.

If you decide you would like to be buried in a V.A. National Cemetery, the following are the criteria:

  1. Any member of the armed forces who dies in active duty.
  2. Any member who was discharged under conditions other than a dishonorable discharge.

Cremated remains are buried or entombed with the same honors as casketed remains.

A Flat Bronze Marker is provided by the V.A., but installation is the family’s responsibility.

You honored your country by your service.  Now let the Blair-Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, honor you by conducting a dignified service.

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