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