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For Those Who Serve

For those who proudly serve...

Veterans ServicesFirst and foremost, let us say thank you for your service to our great country and your fellow man. It is truly our honor to serve those who proudly serve.

We hope the enclosed information will help to answer your questions about some of the burial and cremation options available to you at our funeral home. In addition to providing funeral and cremation care, we also help families apply for all Veteran’s and Social Security benefits available, arrange for military honors, and assist with obtaining life insurance benefits. Our licensed funeral directors and staff stand ready to assist if you have additional questions. Please contact us at (651) 464-3556.

At Mattson Funeral Home, we are dedicated to providing excellent and compassionate care For Those Who Serve. We believe you deserve the very best.

We Encourage Pre-Planning

Veterans ServicesThe most caring thing you can do for your family is to plan your wishes in advance. Locating important documents that initiate the entire benefit process is often a difficult issue for surviving family members. To establish eligibility for burial in a VA national cemetery, the family must provide: the Veteran's discharge document; report of casualty; or the Veteran's full name; military rank; branch of service; dates of entry and discharge; serial, Social Security, and/or VA claim numbers; date and place of birth; and date of death. It is important for your family to know where this information is safely kept. Our funeral home will also be glad to keep copies of these records in your pre-arrangement file.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Military members on active duty, Military retirees, members and former members of the Selected Reserve, eligible U.S. veterans of any war, other U.S. veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable.

My husband is a veteran and wants to be buried in a National Cemetery. Can I be buried with him?

Yes. The veteran and spouse are buried next to each other.

How are Social Security and Veterans’ benefits handled?

We will notify both agencies. Social Security pays a lump sum death benefit of $255 directly to the spouse. Veterans receive cash benefits based on disability or other requirements.

We prefer Cremation. Do you provide cremation services?

Yes. We provide a full-range of cremation options.

What happens if the death occurs while out of state?

You should call our funeral home as soon as possible. Our staff will assist your family in making all of the arrangements.

How do I make advance arrangements?

Contact our funeral home and we would be happy to meet with you to record all of the necessary information. We will keep your prearrangement in our permanent files. One call to us is all that is necessary. You can rest knowing that everything will be taken care of according to your wishes.

What are the eligibility requirements for burials in Arlington National Cemetery?

Please click here to see eligibility requirements.

For more information on Veteran Funerals, please visit the Veteran Funeral Web Site.



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