Department of Defense Benefits Military Funeral Honors

The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony, which will be conducted on request, include a minimum two-person detail, flag folding, flag presentation and playing of taps, which may be from a recording. The veteran's parent service representative will present the flag. Military Funeral Honors are provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to the family. The military service request at least 48 hours advance notice in order to organize the funeral honors detail.

Eligibility

~ Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
~ Former military members who served on active duty and departed under condition other than dishonorable.
~ Former military members 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 members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

Points of Contact for Military Funeral Honors in New Jersey

Funeral Directors - Department of Defense tollfree hotline is only for funeral directors. 1-877-MILHONR (1-877-645-4667.)

Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard - Ft. Dix office covers entire state. 609-562-4453 or 562-3147.

Headquarters Marine Corps - 866-826-3628

Marine Corps including Reserves - USMC reserve units divide the state by counties.

Dover (Picatinny Arsenal) 973-724-4700/4701 covers Sussex, Passaic, Bergen, Warren, Morris, Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties.
Red Bank 732-530-4500 Ext. 548 or after hours 732-239-7526 cell phone, covers Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean
Counties.

Trenton 609-882-5133 Ext. 1 or after-hours 609-743-2506 covers Hunterdon, Mercer, Burlington, and Atlantic Counties.

Wilmington, DE 302-998-6695 covers Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties.

Willowgrove, PA 215-443-6740 24-hour duty covers Camden and Gloucester Counties.

Navy including Reserves and Merchant Marines - All funeral honor requests must be through Groton, Connecticut. The phone number there is 860-694-3475. They will in turn contact either Naval Weapons Station Earle, or Lakehurst Naval Engineering Station, depending on geographic location of interment site (North or South of Interstate 195.)

Air Force, Air Force Reserves, and Air National Guard - The McGuire Air Force Base office covers the entire state. 609-754-4117.

U.S. Coast Guard contact 757-298-6390.

Comments or concerns may be directed to Military Funeral Honors, 9504 IH-35 North, Suite 320, San Antonio, TX 78233-6635, or go online to: www.militaryfuneralhonors.osd.mil