It is our mission and privilege to fulfill the nation's sacred commitment of ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the fallen and care, service and support to their families. A solemn dignified transfer of remains is conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base from the aircraft to a transfer vehicle to honor those who have given their lives in the service of the country. The vehicle then moves the fallen to the Port Mortuary at the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs. Once positively identified, fallen service members are prepared for transport to their final destination as determined by the family.
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An expansion of the Armed Forces DNA identification laboratory’s DNA database is currently underway for those deceased service members yet to be returned from Southeast Asia. To assist in the expansion of the database and future identification process, maternal family members are encouraged to contact us to participate in the program by calling 1-800-531-5803, Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (CT).
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This branch provides guidance to commanders, casualty assistance representatives, family assistance representatives, and many other support agencies to ensure members and their families are taken care of as expeditiously as possible in a family emergency.
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Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 136 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned at national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
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For National Cemetery Administration resources and information, please click here.
Click here for further information regarding the process of obtaining a Government headstone or marker for any eligible Veteran at no cost to the applicant.
The American Legion is a non-profit patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness, community programs, youth outreach, and more. Click here for more information on your local chapter.
If you are a veteran of a foreign war, click here to find a VFW post near you and to discover what financial benefits, VA claims, student veteran assistance, and mental health campaigns are available to you.
Click here for information regarding funeral schedules, Find A Grave services, and visitation availability at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Ceremonial Bugle is a dignified way of playing Taps at a funeral when a live bugler is not available for military funeral services. Click here for more information.
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