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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and we promise to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service.

 

Dokken-Nelson files the appropriate paperwork for county and federal veterans benefits.

Eligibility

Military funeral honors are free of charge and mandated by law for eligible veterans. Eligibility will be verified by the veteran’s DD-214, or discharge papers. Eligible members include:

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed with honorable conditions.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed with honorable conditions.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.



Traditional Honors

At minimum, eligible veterans are entitled to the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. These honors are performed by an honor guard detail that consists of at least two members of the Armed Forces. One member must be a representative from the branch in which the veteran served, and this member will be the individual who presents the flag.

Honors also can include:

  • A three-volley rifle salute to represent duty, honor, and country—typically performed by the local VFW/Legion
  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket or folded beside the urn



Veteran Benefits

To process Veterans Benefits you will need to provide a copy of the decedent's DD-214 discharge document.

For each honorably discharged veteran, all Montana counties provide for their residents:

  1. Death benefits of up to $500
  2. Military honors
  3. An American flag
  4. A headstone if buried in a cemetery
  5. A free plot for decedent and spouse if buried in a state or national* veterans cemetery

NOTE: The closest state cemetery is Fort Harrison in Helena, MT. Vault and a portion of the headstone setting fee will apply at a state cemetery. The closest national cemetery is located in Laurel, MT. No additional charges are applied at a national cemetery.

Your loved one may also be eligible for Federal VA benefits.

Local Office

Veterans Affairs Division
350 Airport Road
Belgrade, MT 59714-8568
Phone: 406.388.4601



Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:



Montano Funeral Directors Association National Funeral Directors Association Green Burial Council Logo International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Talk of a Lifetime

 

Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory
Phone: 406.587.3184  |  Toll-Free: 800.587.3184  |  Fax: 406.587.3185
113 S. Willson Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715


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