Naples Funeral Home : Naples, Florida (FL)
Thomas Walter Leo  
November 29, 1926 - April 20, 2014
James Esmond  
June 13, 1949 - April 19, 2014
Robert Goldstein  
April 04, 1931 - April 18, 2014
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Requests for burial in a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemetery cannot be made via the Internet.

The VA does not make funeral arrangements or perform cremations. Families should make these arrangements with a funeral provider or cremation office. Any item or service obtained from a funeral home or cremation office will be at the families expense.
  • For Burial in a National Cemetery
    Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 131 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

    Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the family. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.
  • For Burial in a Private Cemetery
    Burial benefits available for Veterans buried in a private cemetery include a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. There are not any benefits available to spouses and dependents buried in a private cemetery.

No special forms are required when requesting burial in a VA national cemetery. The person making burial arrangements should have their funeral home contact the national cemetery in which burial is desired at the time of need. Scheduling can be done seven days a week for interments on Mondays through Fridays. If possible, the following information concerning the deceased should be provided when the cemetery is first contacted:
  • Full name and military rank;
  • Branch of service;
  • Social security number;
  • Service number;
  • VA claim number, if applicable;
  • Date and place of birth;
  • Date and place of death;
  • Date of retirement or last separation from active duty; and,
  • Copy of any military separation document, such as the Department of Defense Form 214 (DD-214).

The discharge documents must specify active military duty and show that release from active duty was under other than dishonorable conditions.

Viewing facilities are not available and funeral services cannot be held at VA national cemeteries, but a final committal service may be performed. For safety reasons, these committal services are held in committal shelters located away from the gravesite. Burial will take place following the committal service.

Floral arrangements may accompany the casket or urn from the committal shelter and will be placed on the grave after burial.

A headstone or marker will be ordered by cemetery personnel upon inscription approval by the next of kin and a burial flag will be provided. Upright headstones are standard in most national cemeteries, however, some have both upright headstone and flat marker sections. Be sure to discuss these options with the cemetery director prior to burial.

The same procedures are followed if the veteran's eligible spouse or dependent predeceases the Veteran. In most cases, one gravesite is provided for the burial of all eligible family members and a single headstone or marker is provided. When both spouses are Veterans, two gravesites and two headstones or markers may be provided if requested.

The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for providing Military Funeral Honors. The DOD program, "Honoring Those Who Served," calls for funeral directors to request military funeral honors on behalf of the Veterans' families. Veterans' organizations may assist in the provision of military funeral honors. In support of this program, VA national cemetery staff may assist to coordinate military funeral honors.

Preparing in Advance
  • For Burial in a VA National Cemetery
    Gravesites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance; however, reservations made prior to 1962 will be honored. Families are encouraged to prepare in advance by discussing cemetery options, collecting the Veteran's military information including discharge papers, and by contacting the cemetery where burial is desired.
  • For Burial in a Private Cemetery
    We suggest that if burial will be in a private cemetery and a Government headstone or marker will be requested for the Veteran's grave, that the family complete VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker for Installation in a Private or State Veterans' Cemetery, in advance and place it with the Veterans military discharge papers for use at the time of need.

In the United States, burial is by far the most widely chosen method of disposition. This time-honored method is popular for many reasons such as the continuity of family tradition, and the concept of a location at which families may maintain regular visits with those passed. In most cases, generations of families have chosen burial as the tribute for their loved ones. You may prefer to make that same choice.

During this sensitive time our clients are faced with many important decisions which can cumulatively ensure a personalized memorial ceremony that honors the spirit of their loved one. One of the greatest decisions is that of the means of disposition and, at NAPLES FUNERAL HOME, cremation is one of the available options. Cremation as a means of attending to death pre-dates recorded history; in fact, evidence has shown its use as much as twenty thousand years ago. More recently, with the incorporation of additional services, it is becoming one of the more commonly utilized methods of disposition.

Social Security should be notified as soon as possible when a person dies. In most cases, the funeral director will report the person's death to Social Security. You will need to furnish the funeral director with the deceased's Social Security number so he or she can make the report.

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