Veterans Resources

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans, and giving back to those whose sacrifice defines our great nation. Our duty is to provide you and your family the support you need in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service. 

We can help you make arrangements for Military Honors. Typical military honors can include the folding and presentation of the U.S. Flag, and the playing of Taps.

 

How do I establish veteran eligibility?

 

We would need a discharge form such as the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. If the DD Form 214 is not available, any discharge document showing other than dishonorable service can be used. The DD Form 214 may be obtained by filling out a Standard Form 180 and sending it to:

National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132

The Standard Form 180 may be obtained from the National Records Center or online here.

Great Falls Veteran’s Affairs Office:
600 Central Plaza #300
Great Falls, MT, 59401
Phone: (406) 452-2265



Who is eligible for Military Funeral Honors?

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.



Who is NOT eligible for Military Funeral Honors?

  • Any person separated from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions or whose character of service results in a bar to veterans benefits.
  • Any person who was ordered to report to an induction station, but was not actually inducted into military service.
  • Any person discharged from the Selected Reserve prior to completing one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service for reasons other than a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  • Any person convicted of a Federal or State capital crime sentenced to death or life imprisonment.



Other Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, our staff is able to file your VA Benefit paperwork on your behalf:

 

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate. This is a certificate expressing the nation's recognition of the veteran's service.
  • Headstones or Markers. The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state veteran or military cemeteries.
  • Burial in a VA National Cemetery. This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.
  • Reimbursement of Burial Expenses. For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.
  • Montana County Benefits. Counties provide different amounts. Cascade County provides a $250 benefit to qualifying residents. Our staff will apply for that benefit on your behalf as a part of our service to you. For information on other county Veteran benefits, you can contact the Clerk and Recorder in your county.



Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals: