Why does V provide a Burial Flag
United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U. S. rmed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran's military service to his or her country. Eligibility for Former Members of Selected Reserve were added by Section 571 of Public Law 105-261.
Who is eligible to receive the Burial Flag
Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, V will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it. For those V national Cemeteries with an venue of Flags, families of veterans buried in these national cemeteries may donate the burial flags of their loved ones to be flown on patriotic holidays.
How do I apply
Contact your local County Veterans Service Office.
Can a Burial Flag be replaced
The law allows us to issue one flag for a veteran's funeral. We cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen. However, some veterans' organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag.
How should the Burial Flag be displayed
The proper way to display the flag depends upon whether the casket is open or closed. V Form 2008 provides the correct method for displaying and folding the flag. The burial flag is not suitable for outside display because of its size and fabric. It is made of cotton and can easily be damaged by weather.
To apply for or obtain more information about benefits, contact your local CVSO.