Decedent Affairs Officer
Base New Orleans Military Funeral Honors Coordinator can provide burial assistance for veterans and retired Coast Guard members for Military Funeral Honors in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia counties Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Stewart , and Florida counties Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa , Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.
The Coast Guard will make every attempt to provide a funeral detail when requested for the funeral service of a deceased Coast Guard veteran. Please provide the location, date, and time of a funeral by filling out the Military Funeral Honors Request Worksheet. Once completed, the request form can be scanned and emailed, along with a copy of the DD-214, to the email address BaseNOLA.MFH@uscg.mil , or faxed to 504-253-4826. At least 24 working hours in advance notice is necessary to try and accommodate your needs. Once the Military Funeral Honors request has been submitted, please contact the Base New Orleans Military Funeral Honors Coordinator at 504-628-5177 to ensure the Military Funeral Honors request has been received. FOR MERCHANT MARINES THAT SERVED IN WWII, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY FOR MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS. Click here for Base New Orleans Military Funeral Honors Request Worksheet.
The Coast Guard Honors detail has a bugler, but does not have a firing party. If you desire a firing party for a funeral please contact your local Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army Base, or VFW. If the Coast Guard bugler is not available to play TAPS, the funeral detail uses a sound system with a TAPS CD.
The Coast Guard does not make any payments to veterans. Some survivors may be eligible for funeral benefits and should contact the Veteran’s Administration at 1-800-827-1000 for any questions about payments.
The Veteran's Administration provides a U.S. flag for all veterans and retired active duty members for the funeral service. Your funeral director can usually obtain this flag. Simply notify the funeral director that the deceased was a veteran and that you would like a flag to be provided at the funeral service. If the funeral director does not provide assistance, you can submit a Application for U.S. Flag for Burial Purposes form to your local post office or Veteran’s Administration Office. You will also need to provide a copy of the veteran’s discharge or retirement papers. The Coast Guard Military Funeral Honors detail will not provide a flag. Click here for VA Form 21-2008 Application for U. S. Flag for Burial Purposes.
Presidential Memorial Certificates, bearing the President's signature, are issued to recognize honorably discharged deceased veterans. Next of kin and other loved one's are eligible to receive certificates. The award of a certificate to one eligible recipient does not preclude certificates to other eligible recipients. The veteran may have died at any time. Requests for certificates should include a copy of the deceased veteran's discharge document, form DD214. Veteran’s Administration regional offices can assist in applying for certificates.
Burial at Sea:
Individuals eligible for this program are: Active duty members of the uniformed service;
A person cannot request a burial at sea
from the Coast Guard prior to death.
The person authorized to
dispose of the remains must make the request (usually the next
of kin). Anyone who
thinks he/she would like to be buried at sea should make sure
their next of kin is aware of their desire.
To request a Burial at Sea, the next of kin should fill out and provide the below documentation to the email address BaseNOLA.MFH@uscg.mil , or faxed to 504-253-4826. At least 24 working hours in advance notice is necessary to try and accommodate your needs. Once the Burial at Sea request has been submitted, please call the Base New Orleans Military Funeral Honors Coordinator at 504-628-5177 to ensure the Burial at Sea request has been received. Click here for Burial at Sea Request Worksheet.
a. Burial at Sea Form (page 6, blocks 1-12)
b. Legible copy of the death certificate
c. Cremation certificate
d. Copy of form DD-214, or equivalent discharge certificate, or retirement order
Once the burial is complete, you will receive documentation the gives the date and time or the ceremony along with the location of the burial in longitude/latitude.
Please contact the Base New Orleans Military Funeral Honors Coordinator at 504-628-5177 if you have any questions or problems concerning Military Funeral Honors.
Military Funeral Honors Request Worksheet
VA Form 21-2008 Application for U. S. Flag for Burial Purposes
Burial at Sea Request Worksheet
Department of Defense Military Funeral Honors
Funeral Directors Information
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Contact