Each December, the organization Wreaths Across America lays wreaths on the graves of veterans at more than 2,100 locations. When a volunteer places a wreath on a veteran’s grave they are encouraged to speak that veteran’s name aloud, thank them for their service and sacrifice, and reflect on that person and their life. It is heartwarming to know that so many veterans are being honored in this way. It is also a good reminder of the importance of thanking veterans for all they have done while they are still here with us.
The Palmer & Slay team is honored to serve as a resource for veterans in the Brandon, Mississippi area who need assistance tapping into all of the veterans’ benefits they are eligible for. We regularly help veterans and their families apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and incorporate veteran-specific benefits into their estate plans.
Burial and Memorial Benefits
Close to 1,260 veterans and their families have chosen Mississippi’s State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries at Newton and Kilmichael as their final resting place. This holiday season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those veterans will be honored in small, private wreath-laying ceremonies instead of enjoying a full Wreaths Across America event. However, this does not diminish our appreciation for their service. Every person buried in those cemeteries is a hero.
Our firm is proud to have helped secure plots in those cemeteries for several Brandon-area heroes. As anyone who has dealt with the military can imagine, it takes some paperwork and advance planning to be buried in a military cemetery. The attorneys at Palmer & Slay have assisted many veterans with their burial plans to ensure their end of life wishes are respected.
We have also helped local heroes indicate whether they want a full military ceremony — including an honor guard and someone playing Taps — at their funeral.
Estate Planning Is About More Than The End Of Life
One of the biggest misconceptions about estate planning is that it is all about death. The reality is estate planning can shape the way you live your life from the minute the documents are signed.
At Palmer & Slay, we use the estate planning process to help veterans tap into benefits that can improve their quality of life right away. Whether this means applying for disability benefits, making a plan for long-term care, securing life insurance, or applying for a pension or VA-backed financing, our team is ready to lend a hand.
Serving Those Who Served Us
Although the military does a better job informing veterans about the many benefits they are eligible for today than they did in the past, figuring out how to take advantage of all the benefits offered is still a daunting task. Whether you know exactly what resources you need, or you are not sure what you may qualify for, the Palmer & Slay team is here to help. Please contact us today to schedule a free meeting where we can discuss what VA benefits you or your loved one may be eligible for. It is our privilege to serve and honor our veterans in this way.