Is anyone else eligible to receive Funeral Honors?
Yes, members of the Commissioned Officer Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Certain Civilian or Contractual Groups who have been given Active Duty Service Determinations are eligible as well as National Guard members.
How is PHS eligibility for Funeral Honors established?
For PHS Personnel, Funeral Honors eligibility is established by submitting PHS Form 1867, Statement of Service (equivalent to the DD Form 214). If the family does not have a copy of the Statement of Service, it may be obtained by contacting the Privacy Coordinator for the Commissioned Corps at (240) 453-6041 or by writing:
Division of Commissioned Corps Officer Support
Attention: Records Officer
1101 Wootton Parkway
Plaza Level, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20857
How is NOAA eligibility for Funeral Honors established?
For NOAA personnel, eligibility is established by submitting NOAA Form 56-16, Report of Transfer or Discharge. If the family does not have a copy of the NOAA Form 56-16, it may be obtained by contacting the Chief, Officer Services Division, NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center at (301) 713-7715 or by writing:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Commissioned Personnel Center
Chief, Officer Services Division (CPC1)
8403 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
How does a family request Funeral Honors for NOAA or PHS decedents?
The families of PHS and NOAA decedents request Funeral Honors through their funeral director. The funeral director will contact the applicable points of contact at PHS or NOAA to arrange the Funeral Honors detail.
Military Funeral Honors for PHS or NOAA decedents is provided by the Coast Guard.
How is Funeral Honors eligibility for Civilian or Contractual Groups established?
By virtue of Public Law (P.L.) 95-202, individuals other than current/former uniformed service members can be considered 'veterans' under Title 38 (which contains the laws administered by the VA). Section 401 of P.L. 95-202 established a process whereby the Secretary of Defense could designate certain groups' service as active duty for the purpose of 'all laws administered by the Veterans' Administration.' These 'Active Duty Designees' would be eligible for Military Funeral Honors.