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Overview of Veteran Services

We appreciate the sacrifices made by each and every one of our veterans that afford us our freedoms, and therefore we do all we can to recognize, honor and pay respects to those who have served our country.

At Stauffer Funeral Homes, our tribute begins when you first reach out to us. When you call to let us know about the loss of your loved one, please tell us if he or she was a veteran so that we can begin planning a Signature Veterans Tribute.

Personalized Veterans Selections

At Stauffer Funeral Homes, we offer a wide range of products from caskets and urns to vaults, various memorial merchandise, and memorial photography (often chosen for capturing the details of a veteran’s ceremony) that can be personalized to best reflect the life of the veteran.

Freshly Pressed American Flag

We take care of obtaining a government-issued United States flag, and then ensure that it is freshly pressed. The flag can be used to cover the casket entirely, or it can be folded and displayed in accordance with military protocol, depending on your preference.

American Flag Pins

As another way to honor your loved one’s service to our country, we provide American flag lapel pins to every guest in attendance at his or her funeral, memorial service or ceremonial event at no charge.

Procession for a Hero

During the procession to and arrival at the cemetery, our funeral hearse is identified with the flag of our country and the emblem of the veteran’s branch of service.

Patriot Walk

In a public display of our utmost admiration to veterans, we install a double row of flags from the cemetery driveway to the gravesite, when an outer burial container is provided by Stauffer Funeral Homes. This “Patriot Walk” includes both American and branch-specific flags.

Presidential Memorial Certificate

A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of an honorably discharged veteran. We procure this special certificate for every one of your veteran’s eligible survivors as a reminder of their loved one’s service to our country.

Caring for veterans and their families is one of our greatest honors.

Veterans Funeral Etiquette

If you are a civilian, the rule of thumb is to stand, remove your hat and place your hand over your heart when the flag is being folded, Taps is sounded, volleys are being fired, honors are being administered and the casket is being moved. If you have served in the Armed Forces, follow official protocol.

Veterans Benefits

The United States government offers a variety of direct financial benefits to veterans of our Armed Forces. Accessing most of these benefits require families to go to the Maryland Veterans Commission Office in person, but we are able to file the Form 0-2008 to acquire a United States flag in honor of your veteran’s service for you.

Honor Guard

In most communities, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Posts maintain a volunteer group of veterans to serve as an Honor Guard. These dedicated veterans provide a final salute to a comrade. We would be honored to arrange a branch representative to be present (based on availability).

Honor a Veteran Program

Through our “Honor a Veteran” program, you can retire your damaged or worn American flags by bringing them to Stauffer Funeral Homes. These flags, with the permission of the family, can be placed with a veteran at the time of his or her cremation. Honor and dignity for our country—and our faithful veterans.

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