To my fellow veterans

There is nothing we take more to heart than honoring the service one has given to our country by providing affordable, quality and dignified services to one of our brothers who has fallen. Be it either while serving actively or giving a period of his life and going home to join his brothers and sisters after living a dignified life sharing their triumphs and failures with family and friends. No matter what your journey, we as brothers in arms share the true understanding service to country, camaraderie and “E-spirit De Corps”. As a fellow retired disabled veteran, former sailor of 10 years and Marine of 8 ½, it is my/our mission to ensure that all veterans are afforded the military honors they have earned, with the simple dignity one would expect and deserve.  As a fellow Veteran, it is my duty to ensure that you receive the recognition witch you or your loved one has earned. This is not mine to give, only yours to receive for your service to country.

I am here to serve you Brothers and Sisters, those of WWII, The Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Allow me the privilege to remove the burden from your shoulder.

As a proud member of Post 61, American Legion of Avondale Arizona, I would be honored to assist in any way I can, and to guide you or your family through these trying times.

Be it Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or “The Guard” ,  welcome home now, allow me to provide that blanket to you now that you so unselfishly gave to us as you served. It is time to rest.

Semper Fi.....

Miguel Legaspi
U.S.M.C. (Retired)

 

 

 

 

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~ Acknowledgments ~

...Avenidas Funeral Chapel is staffed by competent, caring people. They really do help you to get through some extremely tough times. My family and I were well-served by Miguel Legaspi's help navigating funeral arrangements.... My father was shown full military honors (United States Army) and was buried with the highest degree of care.

David Cedor

"OUR" VETERAN POLICY - It is the policy of Avenidas Funeral Chapel, in cases of family financial hardship, we will provide minimum services (graveside only) for Veterans burial at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona, to include a minimum C-32 Casket (view) or minimum services for direct cremation with inurnment at Southern Arizona National Memorial Cemetery. This will be done at whatever price is designated affordable to the family above our costs but not to exceed those prices on our General Price List. Avenidas Cremation & Burial will require document proof of financial hardship and Veteran status so we can assist you (DD-214 or equivalent). The family understands that Avenidas Cremation & Burial is the sole decider of ones qualification.

Miguel

To Honor Our Brothers and Sisters

In recognition of our United States Veteran's service to country, Avenidas Funeral Chapel presents a 10% discount on all "services".

Any United States Military veteran, who's family selects "Funeral Services" and who is qualified as per the guidelines of the "National Cemetery Scheduling Office" will receive, at no charge to the family a commital service, interment or inurnment at:

The National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix Arizona

Above is a shelter at the National Memorial cemetery where services are conducted prior to burial or inurnment. Military honors are rendered here as well.

For questions or assistance, feel free to contact us at any time. The owner's retired United States Marine status affords us the opportunity to practice proper protocol and procedure in ensuring services are correct and your veteran is receiving those burial benefits they are entitled to.

Also..., because a brother takes care of his own...... Always!

 (623) 925-1525

Please visit the Souther Arizona Veterans Cemetery website by clicking the link below.

Veterans Cemetery Arizona

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~ Veterans Direct Cremation ~
~ With Dignity & Simplicity ~
~ Includes Inurnment @ National Memorial Cemetery ~
~ Phoenix Arizona ~
~ $575 ~

All Military Veterans will receive at no extra charge:

  All that is included in a "Direct Cremation"
+   Minimum cremation container (view)
+   Black plastic cremains container (view)
+   "or" an MDF urn (view) an aditional $75.00
+   Scheduling for Inurnment service
+   An inurnment service at a designated shelter
+   Military honors @ designated shelter
+   Taps, rifle salute (if avail) & Veterans flag folding
+   An official United States flag
+   Flag presentation to the family
+   Witness of urn placement in niche (If desired)
+   26 Veterans photo memorial folders with photo
+   4 Veterans photo memorial bookmarks
+   Service obituary on our website
+   Presidential certificate
+   Veterans columbarium niche or in ground urn box included
+   Veterans granite niche plaque or bronze grave marker included

NOTE - Please assist by providing military DD-214, discharge certificate or proof of honorable military service or retirement. Also, the Veterans Cemetery Does not conduct internments on weekends, holidays or after 2:00PM during the week, no exceptions. Avenidas Funeral Chapel conducts all scheduling and contacting of the National Cemetery at no extra charge. If you are unable to provide separation documents for your loved one, this can delay the process for internment for up to 96 hours.

Other charges to consider are:

~ Burial at another cemetery - Cemetery charges
~ Niche-side service at another cemetery - $175
~ Medium sized Veterans floral easel arrangement - $190
~ Veterans Register Book - $45

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~ Veterans Cremation Package ~
~ 2 Hour Chapel Visitation, Cremation & Inurnment ~
~ @ National Memorial Cemetery ~
~ Phoenix, Arizona ~
~ $2,495 ~
 

All Military Veterans will receive at no extra charge:

  • Basic service of the funeral director and staff
  • Transfer of the deceased to the funeral home
  • Scheduling for inurnment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Phoenix
  • Embalming of the deceased
  • Casket - Solid Oak Rental with a new insert (view)
  • A black plastic cremains container (view)
  • "or" an MDF urn (view) for an aditional $45.00
  • Bathing, dressing, casketing, cosmetics of the deceased
  • Two hour daytime visitation/service in our chapel (Mon-Fri 8am-4pm)
  • 50 memorial folders
  • Register book
  • 4 Veterans photo memorial bookmarks
  • Transport to the crematory
  • All County permits and fees
  • The cremation process
  • Transport of cremains to the cemetery
  • Military honors @ designated shelter
  • An official United States Flag
  • Taps, rifle salute & Veterans flag folding
  • Flag presentation to significant other
  • Same day cemetery service at a shelter
  • Service obituary on our website
  • Presidential certificate
  • Veterans in ground Urn grave 
  • In ground grave box included
  • Veterans grave marker (bronze) "or"
  • Columbarium Niche

Other charges to consider are:

~ Clergy at funeral home - $150
~ Burial at another cemetery - Cemetery charges
~ Graveside service at another cemetery - $175
~ Medium sized Veterans floral easel arrangement - $190

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~ Veterans Burial Package ~
~ Dignified, Honorable, Complete ~
~ 2 Hour Chapel Visitation & Burial @ National Memorial Cemetery ~
~ Phoenix, Arizona ~
~ $2,495 ~

All Military Veterans will receive at no extra charge:

  • Basic service of the funeral director and staff
  • Transfer of the deceased to the funeral home
  • Scheduling for burial at the National Memorial Cemetery of Phoenix
  • Embalming of the deceased
  • Casket - The Winston Copper, Silver, Blue, or White
  • "or" a $700 casket allowance toward a casket upgrade.
  • Bathing, dressing, casketing, cosmetics of the deceased
  • Two hour daytime visitation/service in our chapel (Mon-Fri 8am-1pm)
  • 50 memorial folders with photo
  • Basic memorial register book
  • 4 Veterans photo memorial bookmarks
  • Funeral coach to cemetery
  • Military honors @ designated shelter
  • An official United States Flag
  • Taps, rifle salute & Veterans flag folding
  • Flag presentation to sgnificant other
  • Same day cemetery service at a shelter
  • Service obituary on our website
  • Presidential certificate
  • Veterans in ground grave included
  • In ground grave box included
  • Veterans grave marker (bronze) included

NOTE - Please assist by providing military DD-214, discharge certificate or proof of honorable military service or retirement. Also, the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery Does not conduct internments on weekends, holidays or after 2:00PM during the week, no exceptions. Avenidas Funeral Chapel conducts all scheduling and contacting of the National Cemetery at no extra charge. If you are unable to provide separation documents for your loved one, this can delay the process for internment for up to 96 hours.

Other charges to consider are:

~ Funeral procession escorts - $380
~ Clergy at funeral home - $150
~ Burial at another cemetery - Cemetery charges
~ Graveside service at another cemetery - $175
~ Medium sized Veterans floral easel arrangement - $190

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Veteran Service Arrangement Information

Avenidas Funeral Chapel will make all the contacts and arrangements for veterans through the National Cemetery System. What we require from you is the following information concerning the deceased and their military service should be provided at the time we contact the cemetery on your behalf:

  ~ Full Name, Military Rank and Branch of Service

  ~ Date of Active Duty and Date of Separation

  ~ Social Security Number

  ~ Date and Place of Birth

  ~ Date and Place of Death

  ~ Retirement or Separation Date from Active Duty

  ~ Military Separation Document, such as your DD-214

Avenidas Funeral Chapel will request military funeral honors on behalf of eligible veteran’s families, since the Department of Defense is responsible for providing these honors through a program entitled "Honoring Those Who Served."  You can trust in a fellow Veteran to handle your service needs from The Veterans Administration and Department of Defense.

What is my Veteran entitled to?

All veterans are entitled to recognition by military honors and burial at any National Memorial Cemetery for serving or had served in the armed forces, or any member of the armed forces of the United States who dies on active duty or National Guard Unit serving in an active duty status.

There are a few exceptions to this rule. Undesirable, bad conduct, even after separation, and any other type of discharge other than honorable may or may not qualify the individual for veteran’s benefits, depending upon a determination made by a VA Regional Office. Cases presenting multiple discharges of varying character are also referred for adjudication to a VA Regional Office.

 

All qualified veterans are entitled to receive:

  ~ Burial location or cremation niche at a one of 131 national cemeteries in the U.S.

  ~ An American Flag

  ~ A headstone/marker (even if interred in a private cemetery)

  ~ An engraved Presidential memorial certificate

  ~ Military honors, to consist of:

At Least two members of the funeral honors detail for a veteran's funeral shall be members of the armed forces (other than members in a retired status), at least one of whom shall be a member of the armed force of which the veteran was a member. The remainder of the detail may consist of members of the armed forces (including members in a retired status) or members of veterans’ organizations or other organizations approved for purposes of this section under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense. Each member of the armed forces in the detail shall wear the uniform of the member's armed force while serving in the detail.

Retired Military with 20 years or more of service will receive an active duty honor guard from their branch of service. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain (if available) to speak, flag folding and presentation to next of kin, rifle salute and the playing of TAPS. The military does not accept payment or gratuities for these services under any circumstance.

A Funeral Honors Detail shall, at a minimum, perform at the funeral a ceremony that includes the folding of a United States flag and presentation of the flag to the veteran's family and the playing of Taps. Unless a bugler is a member of the detail, the funeral honors detail shall play a recorded version of Taps using audio equipment which the detail shall provide if adequate audio equipment is not otherwise available for use at the funeral.

Burial At Sea

 A time honored tradition, Burial at Sea is a means of final disposition of remains that is  performed on United States Navy  vessels. The committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed (at Sea). Therefore, family members are not allowed to be present. The commanding officer of the ship assigned to perform the ceremony will notify the family of the date, time, and longitude and latitude once the committal service has been completed.

Eligibility: Individuals eligible for this program are; (1) active duty members of the uniformed services; (2) retirees and veterans who were honorably discharged; (3) U.S. civilian marine personnel of the Military Sea-lift Command; (4) dependent family members of active duty personnel; (5) Military retirees; (6) Military Veterans of the uniformed services.

How to get started: After the death of the individual for whom the request for Burial at Sea is being made, the Person Authorized to Direct Disposition (Next of Kin) should print out and complete the Burial At Sea Request Form (Ask your funeral home to assist you).

Supporting documents which must accompany this request are:

(1) a photocopy of the death certificate
(2) the burial transit permit or the cremation certificate
(3) a copy of the DD Form 214, discharge certificate, or retirement order.

The Burial at Sea Request Form and the three supporting documents listed above make up the Burial at Sea Request package.

Burial Flag: A Burial Flag is required for all committal services performed aboard United States Naval vessels, except family members, who are not authorized a burial flag. Following the services at sea, the flag that accompanied the cremains/remains will be returned to the Next of Kin. If the Next of Kin does not wish to send a burial flag for the service, a flag will be provided by the Navy for the committal service, but will not be sent to the Next of Kin.

Cremated Remains (Cremains): Cremains must be in an urn or plastic/metal container to prevent spillage in shipping. The cremains, along with the completed Burial at Sea Request package, and the burial flag will be forwarded to the Burial at Sea Coordinator at the desired port of embarkation (listed below). Prior to shipment, it is recommended that a phone call be made informing the coordinator of the pending request. It is also recommended that the cremains package be sent via certified mail, return receipt requested.

Intact Remains (Casketed): Specific guidelines are required for the preparation of casketed remains. All expenses incurred in this process are the responsibility of the Next of Kin, who will select a funeral home in the area of the port of embarkation. This includes transportation of the deceased to the receiving funeral home at the port of embarkation. After this selection has been made and notification has been provided to the coordinator, the casketed remains, the request form, supporting documents, and the burial flag are to be forwarded to the receiving funeral home. The coordinator will make the inspection and complete the checklist for the preparation of casketed remains. It is recommended that funeral homes responsible for preparing and shipping intact remains contact the Mortuary Services office at Navy Casualty office in Millington, TN to receive the preparation requirements. (800) 368-3202

Ports of Embarkation are:

   ~ Norfork, Virginia

   ~ San Diego, California

   ~ Jacksonville, Florida

   ~ Bremerton, Washington

   ~ Honolulu, Hawaii

For further information, please contact the Burial Liaison Office @ (901) 874-6682 or 3858

Burial monetary reimbursement

Veterans buried in a private cemetery may be eligible to receive a partial reimbursement for their burial costs. For non-service related deaths, a burial expense allowance ("UP TO" $700) and a plot allowance ("UP TO" $700) may be given. In order to receive a VA burial allowance you must meet the following conditions: 

1. Payment for the veteran's burial was made without any reimbursement from a government agency or other source, and

2. The veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. 

In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:

   ~ The veteran died because of service-related disability, or

   ~ The veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation, or

   ~ The veteran died in a VA hospital or nursing home under VA contract. 

In order to determine the final reimbursement amount, an “Application for Burial Benefits” (VA Form 21-530) must be submitted within two years from the date of the veteran’s permanent burial. (see Veterans benefits application button on the left) Miguel will assist you in filling this document out and providing information for submission.

Veterans cemetery next of kin eligibility, who qualifies?

The Veteran or surviving spouse of an eligible Veteran is eligible for interment in a national cemetery even if that veteran is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery.  In addition, the spouse or surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States whose remains are unavailable for burial is also eligible for burial. The surviving spouse of an eligible veteran who had a subsequent remarriage (unless divorced) to a non-Veteran and whose death occurred on or after January 1, 2000, is eligible for burial in a national cemetery, based on his or her marriage to the eligible veteran. The minor children of an eligible veteran are also qualified for this benefit. A minor child is a child who is unmarried and who is under 21 years of age or ho is under 23 years of age and pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution.

National Guard and Reservists, What are they entitled to?

With certain exceptions, active duty service beginning after Sept. 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and after Oct. 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 consecutive months or the full period of active duty (as in the case of reservists or National Guard members called to active duty for a limited duration). Active duty for training, by itself, while serving in the reserves or National Guard, IS NOT sufficient to confer eligibility. Reservists and National Guard members, as well as their spouses and dependent children, are eligible if they were entitled to retired pay at the time of death, or would have been upon reaching requisite age. Each service member's situation will be evaluated on a case by case basis to confirm eligibility.

522 E Western Ave.
Avondale, AZ 85323
Phone: 623-925-1525
 contact@avenidasfuneralchapel.com