Honoring Veterans

Proudly honoring those who have served

We believe that the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces deserve special consideration. To pay tribute to our fallen heroes, Forest Lawn offers comprehensive veterans burial benefits to those eligible. At Forest Lawn, we handle veteran details for you. We provide all options so you can make an informed decision, in an atmosphere as positive as possible.

Available Veteran Benefits​

  • Inscribed cemetery marker
  • U.S. flag
  • Gun salute
  • Payment
  • Transportation costs
    (some or all of the cost)

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Veterans Burial Benefits

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Forest Lawn's Additional Veteran Services:

  • Complimentary Gravesite (up to $2,000)
  • Family Next to Family
  • Military Headstones
  • Graveside Committals
  • National Transferability
  • Variety of Personalized Burial Options
  • Discounted Opening and Closing of the Grave
  • Family Estates
  • Child/ Grandchild Protection
  • Price Guarantee
  • Personal Planning Guides
  • Year Round Floral Placements
  • Return Assured
  • Discounted Grave Liner for Casketed/ Cremated Remains

*As a veteran, you may qualify for burial benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), however, there are many misconceptions about these benefits. It is important to understand what these include and how to request them. Forest Lawn can assist veterans in finding out what benefits are available. For example, a recent survey shows that 60% of veterans mistakenly believe that the VA pays for the funeral, cremation, and cemetery expenses for all veterans. In truth, reimbursement of funeral or cremation expenses is limited, and certain restrictions apply.

Who is eligible​?

Military members on active duty, Military retirees, members and former members of the Selected Reserve, eligible U.S. veterans of any war, other U.S. veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable.

How are Social Security and Veterans’ benefits handled?

Forest Lawn will notify both agencies. Social Security pays a lump sum death benefit directly to the spouse. Veterans receive cash benefits based on disability or other requirements.

How do I make advance arrangements with Forest Lawn?

Send a copy of your discharge papers (DD214) that we will keep in our permanent files. If you wish, call us and we will handle all details over the phone.

What are veterans honor services?

Retired Military

Military honors are available to all veterans regardless of rank or location of burial. If you are retired military with 20 years or more of service, we will call and request an active duty honor guard from your branch of service. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding and presentation to next of kin, rifle salute and the playing of TAPS.

Honorably Discharged Veterans with less than 20 years

Currently, we call volunteer, local veterans groups for Military Honors requests. Typically these are retired veterans with incredible service histories. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding, presentation and the playing of TAPS. Rifle Salute is not regulation but is often offered. Payment is not required but these groups accept donations.

Wood Flag Cases

The Military provides a wood flag case for any active duty deaths. For all other veterans, we stock wood flag cases.

What are options for Veteran cemeteries?

All veterans, and possibly their spouses and children, are entitled to free cemetery spaces, grave opening/closing, grave liner and headstone at a VA cemetery. We will work with you to get you available options.

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