The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) program called "Honoring Those Who Served" provides Military Funeral Honors for eligible veterans. Honors typically consist of two or more uniformed service members folding and presenting a U.S. burial flag to the family, and playing of Taps. A gun salute by a rifle squad is reserved for veterans who retired from military service, service members killed on active duty, and Medal of Honor recipients.
Department of Defense policy allows for Military Honors to be performed one time for each veteran – Military Honor Guards will not perform Funeral Honors a second time.
A veteran's family or funeral home is responsible for requesting Military Funeral Honors. For more information, see CalVet's Military Funeral Honors Fact Sheet, or visit DoD's Military Funeral Honors website.