Honoring Veterans

We’re proud to honor our country’s veterans. We provide your family professional assistance during your time of need, and we can support you in honoring your loved one for their service.

Jarnigan’s Mortuary is proud to honor our country’s active duty military, and also our veterans.We also recognize our law enforcement, first responders, and firefighters. With this being said, we offer the “American Patriot” package to all those who are serving, or have served in our country in one of these ways. At Jarnigan, we truly honor the service and sacrifices our veterans have given to our nation. We specialize in paying lasting tributes to the memory of each and every veteran, as well as their families. Being a veteran with a qualifying discharge, the option of being buried in a State or National Cemetery is also available. Spouses and dependent children are also eligible, regardless if they predecease the veteran. All VA cemeteries require a marriage certificate for the spouse and a DD-214 for the veteran to be eligible for the services. You may also want to “pre-register” at the VA cemetery for the burial of the veteran and the spouse. The State of Tennessee provides the first three death certificates free of charge to the family of a passed veteran. All of the benefits listed below are considered “standard” benefits, and they all are available to all veterans with a qualifying discharge.


This is only offered to active, retired and honorably discharged Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and First Responders.

This includes:

  • Traditional funeral service/visitation
  • Pre-selected Batesville Casket
  • Doric burial vault
  • Commemorative lid panel OR Cremation with memorial service/visitation
  • Pre-selected Dodge urn
  • Commemorative Faceplate

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Military Funeral Service

  • May include the following:
  • Military Chaplain for family
  • Flag Presentation Service
  • Final Salute at the grave site
  • 21 Gun salute
  • The US Flag draped over the casket and given to the next of kin following services
  • Taps

Other Veteran Benefits

We can help you communicate with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for the following:

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate: Certificate that expresses the nation’s recognition of the veteran and their service. The veteran’s name will be inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the President of the United States. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged and deceased veterans. For assistance in applying for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, please contact us.
  • Headstones or markers: The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can provide a headstone 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.
  • Memorial Plots: The VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization if an eligible veteran’s remains are not available for burial. The VA will also provide  the headstone and marker but not the plot itself, if you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery.

Reimbursement of burial expenses: For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.

Burial in a State or National Cemetery

  • Opening and closing of the grave or burial of cremated remains or placement in an above-ground columbarium. (There will be a charge of $300.00 for burial of spouse or dependent child.)
  • Government furnished grave liner (If an outer container is not purchased through the funeral home)
  • Perpetual care of the gravesite
  • A headstone or marker with inscription
  • Burial flag (provided by funeral home)
  • May be full honors or two man team
  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate

Burial in a private cemetery

  • A government marker, headstone, or medallion
  • Burial flag (Provided by funeral home)
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate
  • May be full honors or two man team
  • Some survivors may also be entitled to VA burial allowances as partial reimbursement for the costs of funerals and burials. (See next section to learn if you or your family are eligible)

VA Burial Allowances

VA burial allowances are flat-rate monetary benefits that are generally paid at the maximum amount authorized by law for an eligible veteran’s burial and funeral costs. The VA may grant additional benefits, including the plot or interment allowance and transportation allowance, only if it receives a claim for these benefits. (VA Form 21P-530) The funeral home will supply and fill-out VA Form 21P-530 if the deceased’s family is eligible. To qualify, the veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:

  • The veteran died as a result of a service-connected disability
  • The veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death
  • The veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided to receive a full military retirement or disability pay
  • The veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility
  • The veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to, or from, a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment, or care.
  • The veteran had an original or reopened claim for VA compensation or pension pending at the time of death and would have been entitled to benefits from a date prior to the date of death.
  • The veteran died while a patient at a VA- approved state nursing home.

Additional Resources

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

*NOTE: At this time the National Cemetery in Knoxville does not have burial space available.