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Veterans Services

Many of us take our freedoms for granted, but our staff at SereniCare Funeral Services proudly acknowledges the sacrifices made by those who have served our country through their patriotism, love of country and willingness to protect others.

Our staff is committed to providing quality service and professional assistance to help families complete the necessary forms to obtain benefits that are provided through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for deceased veterans.

What are VA burial benefits and memorial items?

The VA burial benefits are designed to assist service members, veterans, and their families plan and pay for a burial or memorial service in a VA national cemetery. Memorial items are provided through the Veterans Affairs to honor the service of those who have served the country.

Who qualifies for burial benefits and burial in a national cemetery?

Veterans, service members, spouses, and dependents may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery, as well as other benefits, if they meet one of the requirements listed below:

  • A veteran who didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge

  • A service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training

  • The spouse or minor child of a veteran, even if the veteran died first

  • In some cases, the unmarried adult dependent child of a veteran

What are military funeral honors and a committal service?

Military funeral honors include the playing of “Taps,” a rifle detail, a color guard and uniformed service members who properly fold and present the United States flag to the grieving family.

These flags are typically given to the deceased’s next of kin or close friend.In order for the survivors to qualify to receive the burial flag, the veteran or reservist must be described by at least one of the following:

  • Served in wartime

  • Died while serving on active duty after May 27, 1941

  • Served after January 31, 1955

  • Served in peacetime and left military service before June 27, 1950, after serving at least one enlistment or because of a disability that was caused - or made worse - by their active military service

  • Served in the Selected Reserves, or served in the military forces of the Philippines while in service of the United States and died on or after April 25, 1951.

What are burial benefits and how do I apply?

The veterans death benefits help cover the burial, funeral and transportation costs associated with the deceased’s services and disposition.

For those being buried in a national cemetery, survivors can receive assistance with the burial and funeral costs, the plot or internment, and the transporting of the veteran’s remains for burial.

You must file a claim for a non-service-connected burial allowance within two years after the veteran’s burial or cremation. There is no time limit to file for a service-connected burial, plot or interment allowance.

You can apply online at or by mail after completing the VA Form 21P-530.

A veteran who didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge or a service member who died while on active duty may be eligible for a headstone or marker if they meet certain requirements. To find out if your deceased loved one qualifies, visit

The Department of Veteran Affairs also  provides a headstone for unmarked graves of an eligible deceased veteran at no charge. To request a headstone, grave marker, or niche marker, fill out the VA Form 10-1330 and send to:
Department of Veteran Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903

For more information regarding VA burial benefits and memorial items, visit or contact the VA office at 1-800-827-1000.

Miranda Brimley

October 20, 2020

I cannot say enough good things about SereniCare and Francis. They came highly recommended from many hospice nurses that I know and I am so glad I made the decision to go with them.

Francis made it clear that I was his priority and that he was happy to do whatever services and I wanted and did not ever try to push an additional service. He knows what he is doing and makes you feel comfortable.

In this hard time having the support of the funeral home and director was exactly what I needed and I plan on using them when the need ever arises again. Thank you!

Vickie Sikridji

July 24, 2018

Kent Smith, owner of Sernicare is an amazing person to work with during such a difficult time as preparing for and the death of a loved one. I lost my precious Mother Carma J. Jensen on 6/24/2018... Kent's calm, patient and kind presence was a blessing to me. He went out of his way to help me and offer assistance, I am extremely grateful for all that he did and for the professional manner in which everything was handled. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

James Whited

May 11, 2017

Everything was handled with dignity and according to our wishes. We honestly felt like we were working with a trusted family friend. Thank you for everything you did for us.

Sue B. ogden,UT

February 13, 2016

My hospice nurse spoke highly of you. I am so grateful for the dignity and compassionate care you provided for me and our entire family and friends. Everything was perfect. Many thanks to Francis!

John Rindy

December 27, 2015

I am totally pleased with every aspect of your service for my wife Nancy. Our entire family feels the same way.
Thanks for everything,
John Rindy

Joyce A.

October 20, 2020

"We appreciate the services you gave to us during this time of sorrow in our family. You helped to make her funeral a treasured memory of her."

Joyce A.

October 20, 2020

"We appreciate the services you gave to us during this time of sorrow in our family. You helped to make her funeral a treasured memory of her."