Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory proudly supports our veterans by offering a $300 tribute to all veterans for their funeral care.
Our founder Glenn Tharp assisted families with their funeral care continuously for 63 years, except for the time that he served in General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army during World War II. Glenn Tharp received the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his service. As a result, the Tharp family has grown up with a distinct appreciation of the sacrifices made by our veterans.
Our family offers this tribute as a way of saying “Thank You” for your valor, honor and sacrifice. We will never forget that we have our freedom because of your sacrifice.
We asked some Veterans how we could show our gratefulness for their service to our family and our country. They described the frustration they felt about the cuts that had been made in their veterans’ benefits. Specifically, they were upset by the removal of the $300 burial allowance that, for so many years, had been a part of every veteran’s benefit package.
After hearing these concerns, we at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory wanted to find a way for our veterans to still receive the benefit of a burial allowance.
For more information about the $300 tribute offered by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, call our Lynchburg location at (434) 237-9492. Or, fill out the form below and someone will be in touch shortly.
Contact Us for Information about Our Veteran’s Funeral Benefits
About the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Burial Allowance
A VA burial allowance is still allowed in some circumstances. This is a partial reimbursement of an eligible veteran’s burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is not service-related, the reimbursement is generally described as two payments:
- a burial and funeral expense allowance
- a plot interment allowance
Who Is Eligible?
- You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if: You paid for a veteran’s burial or funeral AND you have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased veteran’s employer AND the veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
- In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met: The veteran died because of a service-related disability OR the veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death OR the veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay OR the veteran died in a VA hospital or while in a nursing home under VA contract.
Headstones and Markers
The VA furnishes upon request at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.
Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze, and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.
The Burial Flag
A 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. Armed 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, the VA will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it. For those VA National Cemeteries with an Avenue 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? You may apply for the flag by completing VA Form 21-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. You may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help you.
- 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. VA Form 21-2008 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.