In April last year, my husband passed away suddenly from a heart attack. We knew his heart wasn’t good, had talked about making arrangements but didn’t get it done. Fortunately for me, I remembered we had a neighbor, Dave Scarpone, that works for the Trident Society in Rancho Mirage.
I phoned him, explained my situation, and he immediately took over. He arranged for having him picked up at the hospital, and along with Tamela Meased-Van Vactor, took care of everything connected with his cremation, up to and including personally delivering his ashes to me in time for his celebration.
At such a difficult time, I was so thankful to have the help and support they gave me. It helped ease the difficulty of my loss my being able to focus on attending to other things connected with losing my best friend and companion for 36 years. All of the information they provided also helped direct me with the necessary paperwork, etc, that is required after losing a spouse.
I would highly recommendTrident to anyone considering cremation.
Veterans Cremation Benefits
What Every Veteran Should Know About Cremation Benefits
United States Veterans are entitled to be buried or have their ashes interred in any National Cemetery that has available space at no charge. Currently, the Veterans Administration operates 125 national cemeteries, of which 65 are open for new casketed interments and 21 are open to accept cremated remains only. Burial options are limited to those available at a specific cemetery but may include in-ground casket, or interment of cremated remains in a columbarium, in ground or in a scatter garden. The government runs these programs and benefits may change at any time.
Trident Society Helps Plan Your Veteran’s Cremation
Trident Society’s dedicated funeral directors are trained to answer your questions about a veteran’s cremation and help you navigate benefits eligibility and planning. Make your first call to Trident Society for information on both cremation and veteran’s funeral benefits.
You May Be Eligible for Bereavement Benefits
Through the Veterans Administration, Veterans may be eligible for the following benefits:
- $300 reimbursement towards your cremation service
- Free headstones or markers in granite, marble, or bronze
- Presidential Memorial Certificate
To get more information directly from the Veterans Administration, we recommend the following online resources: