According to the Department of Defense (DOD), “The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the Nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful Nation can provide to the veterans’ families.”
To be eligible for Military Funeral Honors, the deceased person must have been a:
- Military member on active duty or in the Selected Reserves
- Former military member who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable
- Former military member who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable
- Former military member discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.