Advent is proud to serve military personnel and their families. We work closely with families to claim every military benefit and apply for every military honor, whether it’s standard honors, full honors, or another unique commendation.
For assistance with an interment request, cemetery requirements, or military honors information, contact Advent at 703-241-7402 or 301-577-7787. Your Advent funeral director can help you complete all the necessary applications.
Planning a Veteran’s Funeral
Did you know that benefits from the Veterans Administration may be available to help offset funeral and cemetery expenses for military personnel who have passed away? For detailed information about benefits, including Military Funeral Honors, please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website or call 1-800-827-1000.
The VA will need the following information:
- Branch of service
- Highest rank
- Service number
- Date and place of entry into military service
- Date and place of discharge from military service
Veterans benefits include:
- Headstone/Marker and Burial Benefits
- Cash benefits
- Burial for all veterans at Arlington National Cemetery or Quantico National Cemetery
- Burial for MD residents at the Maryland Veterans Cemeteries
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is a hallowed shrine and a permanent resting place for our nation’s most decorated and honored veterans.
Since its beginning in 1864, Arlington National Cemetery has sheltered the memory of over 400,000 men and women. In 1967 and 1977, the requirements for ground burial at Arlington were made more restrictive in order to conserve the rapidly eroding vacant space.
Though most ground burials are limited to active duty service members, retired veterans, Medal of Honor, Silver Star and Purple Heart recipients, other veterans may qualify to be honored at Arlington under other conditions.
For example, any honorably discharged veteran (and their spouse) is eligible to have their urn placed in Arlington National’s Columbarium. The Columbarium is a special building on the southeast side of the cemetery that houses two urns inside a single niche. After placement, the niche is covered with a marble face on which is engraved the names of the veteran (and/or their spouse), the highest rank achieved, and the dates of birth and death.
Currently, Arlington National Cemetery is experiencing a significant time delay between when a family makes a request for a service, a burial or urn placement and when that event occurs.
Active duty members and those who die of “hostile wounds” are always scheduled first. Services for members of the military are given priority over dependents. And burials of caskets take precedence over the placement of urns. Although the delay can be frustrating, the distinction, respect and honor accorded the veteran and their family makes most feel that the wait is definitely worth the inconvenience.
For assistance with an interment request, cemetery requirements, or military honors information, feel free to contact us. We’ve helped thousands of families with Arlington National Cemetery services. We’d be honored to help your family, too.
Additional information about Arlington National Cemetery can be found at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Funerals/Scheduling-a-Funeral
Burial Request Procedures
- Eligibility for interment at Arlington National Cemetery is verified at the time of need (i.e., the time of death) and cannot be verified by the cemetery or accommodated before that time.
- The next-of-kin or designated personal representative is responsible for providing the appropriate documentation to verify the veteran’s eligibility for interment or inurnment.
- For a full list of qualifications please download the guide here.
- To schedule a funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery, please visit their website.
Security issues arriving at Arlington National Cemetery
- Visitors include funeral attendees (family, friends, clergy, etc.), immediate family visiting a loved one laid to rest within the cemetery, public visitors and tourists, staff, volunteers, and participants in approved special events and ceremonies.
- Visitors will be directed by Public Safety according to the arrangements for the respective service.
- Immediate family members will receive an access pass following the completion of the funeral.
- General public may access the cemetery through the Visitor Center.
- For more information please download the policy guide.
Directions to Arlington National Cemetery
Directions to Quantico National Cemetery