2011-09-23 / Government / Neighborhood

Funeral Consumers Alliance of SC to explain Veteran’s burial benefits

By Overton Ganong

Burial benefits for military veterans and their families and a description of the National Cemetery System will be the main topics at the annual meeting of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina Sunday, October 16, 2011, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Susan B. Robinson Garden Room at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, One Still Hopes Drive, in West Columbia. Admission is free.

Veterans, families, military personnel, and the general public are invited, and refreshments will be served. Representatives of the National Cemetery Administration at Fort Jackson will present an overview of benefits, focusing primarily on the Fort Jackson Cemetery, one of the newest establishments in a national system of 131 burial grounds available to those who have served the nation in uniform. Anyone curious about the national cemetery system and the rules governing who may be buried there will find the presentation informative and helpful.

Attendees will also learn about the Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina and will be able to obtain information about advance directives, funeral planning, family-directed funerals, and environmentally sensitive (“green”) burials. They also will find information about how to save money on funeral expenses and will be able to pick up a survey of Columbia funeral home prices.

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina is a non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer organization that supports the consumer’s right to choose meaningful, dignified, and affordable funeral arrangements. For more information, call 803-787-2979.

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