Veteran's Benefits

Freedom . . . . . . What does it mean? As Americans, freedom can mean many different things and it can convey many thoughts, emotions, ideals, values, rights and responsibilities. Whatever it means to you, it was paid for with the courage, commitment, selflessness, resolve and sacrifice of our country’s veterans and those that now serve. 

To all those who have served, thank you!

We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth.  It represents our peace and security, our civil and political liberty, our freedom of religious worship, our family, our friends, our home.  We see it in the great multitude of blessings, of rights and privileges that make up our country.  But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights, we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties.  Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.”
- Calvin Coolidge

Kiley & Foley Funeral Service will assist families in applying for veterans' benefits. These benefits are provided at no cost to family members to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of our Nation's veterans. Some benefits that are commonly provided are:

  • U.S. burial flag
  • Standard grave marker
  • Monetary burial benefit
  • Burial in the State or National Veterans Cemetery
  • Military funeral honors 

All veterans are eligible to apply for a U. S. burial flag, a standard grave marker and a monetary burial benefit. In general, any deceased veteran who was discharged under conditions other than 'dishonorable' is eligible for a burial flag and standard grave marker. To receive any monetary benefits, the deceased veteran must have been currently receiving disability compensation, been discharged due to line-of-duty disabilities or been under medical care in a veteran approved facility. A spouse or dependent may be eligible for monthly survivors benefits in special cases.

Kiley & Foley Funeral Service will assist in arranging for burial in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine or in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. To qualify for burial at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, the deceased veteran must have been a resident of the State of Maine at the time of his/her death or was a Maine resident at the time of entry into the military service.

Veterans may also be eligible for military honors. The core elements of the military funeral ceremony is flag folding, flag presentation and taps. A color guard and firing squad are not always available, but the military will make every effort to provide honors.

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."
-Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address