Social Security Administration Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation's people for over 80 years. Chances are, you either receive Social Security benefits or know someone who does. With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits,
Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation's history. The toll-free is 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - VA
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration - NCA
The NCA operates 135 national cemeteries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, Veterans, and family members. The toll-free number is 1-800-827-1000.
There are many classifications for being eligible and not eligible for Military Funeral Honors. The information for both topics is in Eligibility.
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a Veteran’s military service to his or her country. VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for any other than dishonorably discharged.
Headstones, Markers and Medallions
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.
Headstone and Marker Inscription Abbreviations You will find a list providing the most commonly inscribed abbreviations placed on Government-furnished headstones and markers.
National Archives Request your military service records - This includes DD214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, Replacement Medals, and/or Medical Records. The number is 1-866-272-6272.
Texas Department of BankingThe Texas Department of Banking regulates funeral pre-arrangements in Texas. This website offers consumer information to help you make an informed choice when prearranging funeral services.
Texas Funeral Director AssociationWe strive to make our members and visitors feel comfortable and to assist them by answering questions on a variety of funeral-related issues.
International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association To provide exceptional education, networking and legislative guidance and support to progressive cemetery, funeral and cremation professionals worldwide.
Cremation Association of North AmericaCANA's mission is to serve as the leading authority on all aspects of cremation. When you register for a CANA certification program, convention, online class or join as a member, you become a participant in a community of cremation experts.
International Order of the Golden RuleFounded in 1928, OGR's mission is to make independent funeral homes exceptional. We do this by building and supporting member interaction, information exchange and professional business development through a wide range of programs, services and resources.
National Funeral Directors AssociationThe National Funeral Directors Association is the worldwide source of expertise and professional resources for all facets of funeral service. Through education, information and advocacy, NFDA is dedicated to supporting members in their mission to provide families with meaningful end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Education, resources and advocacy for bereaved families.
National Hospice and Palliative CareThe National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.
National Institute of Mental Health Public Inquiries Education and publications for families and professionals