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Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors

Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors Program

Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors program is a partnership existing between the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), and Veterans Service Organizations across the state.

A professional and dignified military funeral honors ceremony is rendered in accordance with service tradition to all eligible deceased Army veterans in Wisconsin when requested by an authorized family member. As provided by law, an Honor Guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran consists of two currently serving members of the Armed Forces of the United States. One member of the detail is a representative of the parent Service component of the deceased veteran. Core elements of the Military Funeral Honors ceremony, conducted upon request are:

  • Sounding of “Taps” (live or electronic recording)
  • Folding & presentation of the American flag to the next of kin

Who is eligible to receive Military Funeral Honors?

Currently serving members of the Armed Forces and veterans are eligible for military funeral honors if they meet one of the following:

  • Military members who died while on active duty or in the Selected Reserve (National Guard & Reserves)
  • Discharged from active duty or selected reserve and discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
  • Completed a minimum of one term of enlistment or period of initial obligates service in the Selected Reserve and discharge conditions are under other than dishonorable.

Who should I contact to on behalf of my deceased family member?

To arrange for Military Funeral Honors, the family member handling the descendant’s affairs or the designated funeral director should contact the WDVA with the following information (if available):

  • Deceased Veteran’s date of birth, Social Security Number, and copy of discharge document (DD-214)
  • Branch of service and type of service, i.e. – Air Force, Navy, Army and Active, Guard/Reserve, Retired, etc.
  • Contact the WDVA in Union Grove, WI via phone 877-944-6667 or via email honors@dva.wisconsin.gov

What type of Military Funeral Honors are available? 

Military Funeral Honors are performed for traditional, memorial, and immediate disposition. The dignified honors sequence vary slightly depending on the burial service, most notably with the displaying and folding of the flag.

Two member detail

Two currently serving service members render honors ceremony, sound “Taps” and fold and present the American flag to the next of kin.

Combination of Service Members and Veteran Service Organization (VSO) representatives

VSO representatives conduct a firing of 3 rifle volleys and uniformed service members sound “Taps”, fold and present the American flag to the next of kin.

Nine Soldier detail

Veteran service members that retired from the National Guard, Reserve, or Active Duty, who achieved the rank of Sergeants Major (E9) or General Officer (O7), and were not killed in action are authorized 6 pallbearers plus any combination of 3 consisting of a Chaplain, firing party, officer or NCO in-charge and bugler.

Join the Wisconsin Military Funeral Honor Guard Team!

The Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors program is accepting applications for the following positions:

Team Member

This position is open to Soldiers in a regular drilling status (M-day). Receive one day’s base pay and one retirement point and travel reimbursement for missions with more than 100 miles round trip. Period of employment is indefinite. This is an ideal part-time job for college students because you can work when you want!

If you have questions about joining this elite team or how to request funeral honors, contact the State Honor Guard Non-commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC), Sergeant First Class Katie Schilz.

Katie Schilz

State Honor Guard NCOIC-SFC Katie Schilz

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