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Veterans Burials at Sea
A personalized memorial scattering of ashes at sea for your veteran

Veterans memorial at sea – San Diego

We provide a personalized memorial scattering of ashes at sea for your veteran which includes:
A date and time of your choosing
Your choice of location
Attendance by your loved ones
The classic wooden yacht Jada as the platform for your service & scattering of ashes

Not available through the VA (The Department of Veterans Affairs):
The VA does not perform burials at sea. They refer you to the U.S. Navy for a date and time of their choosing. The Navy determines the location and loved ones are not allowed to attend

Available through the VA for Veterans – whether the scattering is with the Navy or aboard the yacht Jada:
Burial flags with the folding ceremony and sounding of taps
Honors which include: firing parties, pallbearers, and color-guards
Presidential Memorial Certificates

Reimbursement of burial expenses:
VA will pay a burial allowance of up to $2,000 if veterans death was service connected.
VA will pay a burial allowance of up to $300 for veterans who at the time of death were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled if they were not receiving military retirement pay.
If death is not service connected, claims must  be filed within 2 years of burial.

Checklist for a Veterans Burial at Sea on JADA:
Gather your Veteran’s information:
Form DD 214  (record of military service), medical records, social security information, death-certificate and marriage license.

Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at 1-800-827-1000.

Request to make arrangements for a Veteran’s funeral:
Work with the VA’s burial and death benefits department and speak to a VA counselor to apply for all the benefits you and your veteran qualify for.
 
Spousal benefits are available as well so make sure to ask for this too!

Separate burial of a second container of ashes:
Inform the VA that you desire your veteran to be “inured” which means that you need a space in a VA cemetery set aside for the container. And also ask for a grave marker which will display the name, rank, date of birth & date of death.

Ask for a list of crematories in the vicinity of your home that will work with the VA.
 
Make sure to get two containers – one for the scattering and one for the cemetery.

Request that the VA provide the special benefits which you desire:

These may include an American ‘burial’ flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and Funeral with ‘Full Military Honors’ if you choose for your burial at sea or at the cemetery.

Contact Sail Jada at (858) 222-9479 to arrange for the scattering.

The foregoing information was obtained from the VA website and other sources believed reliable.

For additional information please reference the following links:
– United States Navy Mortuary Affairs & Burial At Sea Program
-Veterans Affairs Burials

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Lori Underw
Lori Underw
04:41 24 Jul 19
Amazing day spent sailing on Jada a beautiful boat built in 1938as told by the owner Carol,the crew was also very courteous and helpful.I would highly recommend for any occasion,its never a bad day in Americas Finest City!read more
Becky Stoltz
Becky Stoltz
06:50 11 Nov 18
My family had such a wonderful, peaceful, and memorable experience spreading my father's ashes thanks to the kind and friendly staff. Carole was amazing coordinating with my mom who was having a bit of a tough time organizing the service. She gave my mom all the needed information for our guests and spoke with her several times before hand to make sure everything went smoothly. The crew was there to help and were so incredibly friendly. They even had a bluetooth speaker for us to use to play music and served us while aboard. Carole even recommended some nice local dinner spots as we were not local. Overall they were extremely accommodating and things could not have gone better to honor my fathers wishes. When I thanked carole for her kindness she told me that weddings and funerals are two ceremonies that people remember for years to come so it was important to her to make sure that our experience was something to remember. I was very touched to say the least.read more
Jack Martin
Jack Martin
06:28 13 Jan 18
Definitely a must do in San Diego! Top Notch. I wouldn't think twice about bringing family and friends to enjoy a day like this again and again. Carole and her crew were absolutely wonderful, she even had a naturist to show us all there was to see and enjoy !! Very personable. She was eager to get us the best whale watching experience possible. She continued to make sure we were comfortable and fed as we sailed the ocean. The Jada is a beautiful historical vessel.Thank you very much for the great trip, you guys did an amazing job, we enjoyed the tour very much! highly recommend!!read more
Kathleen Dowse
Kathleen Dowse
01:59 19 Aug 14
What an awesome ride! Everyone was so friendly and the view was great! It was a little bit of energy to navigate to the back of the hotel, but there is tons of parking and really pretty easy to find your way. It is definitely worth it! The marina was so pretty and the boat was great. read more
Doranne Godwin
Doranne Godwin
15:33 26 Apr 14
I have been on this beautifully restored boat for a number of sails, both private and public, and have always had a great time; that’s saying a lot for someone who was never crazy about sailing! But Carole, and her crew have made a convert of me. They are the perfect hosts for a smooth, safe sail around the harbor, all the while serving yummy refreshments, sharing their knowledge of San Diego Bay and landmarks, and making us all feel so at home. I highly recommend this for a wonderful sailing experience.read more
Mary Young
Mary Young
16:17 24 Apr 14
Had a fabulous time on the Jada celebrating my 60th birthday with a costumed Pirate Party! It turned out to be a beautiful day for sailing, and many of my 24 swashbuckling guests all said it was the most fun birthday party they ever attended! The captain and crew were very accommodating in every way, from giving us the safety talk, to serving refreshments, to making sure everyone was safe on board while we were having fun sailing. I couldn't have wished for a better way to celebrate this milestone birthday, proving that, at any age, we're all still kids at heart! It was just the perfect day in every way!read more
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2019-06-29 11:37:00
We sailed aboard Jada for the second time after an amazing sail last year. Carole and her attentive, fact-filled and caring staff again provided a lovely,...read more
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Pam S.
2019-06-26 19:17:21
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Nick G.
2018-05-14 13:48:58
I just want to take a moment to thank Sal Jada for an absolutely amazing experience. They took 13 of us out on an awesome adventure for my buddy's Bachelor...read more
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