Posted on Dec 31, 2015
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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Have you indicated in your Last Will and Testament that you want to be buried in a National Cemetery with full or normal military honors?

RP Members this is something that is very important to me and something that I've discussed with my family. It is something that all families need to discuss and be prepared for if you are a veteran and wish to utilize your veteran benefits either at a National Cemetery, State Cemetery, or Private Cemetery.

Have you prepared for it?

Do you think it is an honor and privilege as a veteran to be buried at a National Cemetery with full or normal military honors (or) you don't care either way or haven't planned for that day yet?

The VA provides a number of resources for this very important matter:

http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/index.asp

I bring this up because we just experience the death of my father-in-law (Vietnam Veteran) there is still a cost to make arrangements through your local funeral home for a visitation, transportation, cremation, and other arrangements that can start at around $6,000.00 and go up. This is before any VA Benefits come into the process.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs thanks for the thread. I have not, 2016 will be the year I get my Will together and I do want to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This is an important event, even though it deals with death. I served my country and this is the final salute. It has to be squared away! Thanks for the assist!
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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Earth and Water back to the Sea. Cremation then dump my Ashes in the Columbia River to take me back to the Pacific Ocean. I was here and then no more.
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Same here my man but I want my ashes to be spread in the wind from a very high place
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SN Greg Wright
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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel The Columbia? Are you in Washington or Oregon? I'm in Oregon.
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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
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SN Greg Wright - Washington and Oregon are my Vacation Spots. I retired from the Navy there and my Wee People are there. My Son is in Bremerton, WA my Daughter is in Sherwood, OR so that is where I go to hang with my Grandchildren.
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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
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Whenever we Set Sail it was always with Several Urns of Ashes for Burial at Sea.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs Salt water runs in my veins, Colonel, after 28 years. Cremate me and then send me home to Davey Jone's locker.
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LTC Jesse Edwards
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I guess that's why I picked a foxhole. Hooah!
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