Veterans FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the relationship between Smith, Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home and Veterans Funeral Care?
A. Smith, Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home is part of Veterans Funeral Care’s national provider network and is the exclusive provider of services for Veterans Funeral Care in the following Northwest Indiana cities: Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, Merrillville, Griffith, and Highland. The staff of Smith, Bizzell & Warner is trained and licensed to assist families of veterans with every detail of making funeral and cremation arrangements for veterans including coordinating Military Honors for the funeral service, obtaining the American Flag, coordinating burial in a veteran’s cemetery, assisting with veteran’s life insurance and VA claims, ordering Presidential Memorial Certificates for family members, completing applications for a veteran’s marker, and many other veteran specific detailed items.

Q. What is included in a Veteran’s Burial Funeral Service?
A. A complete funeral service at the funeral home, your church, or graveside and it includes a casket, embalming, use of a hearse, and a viewing/visitation period. Depending on the specific funeral service selected, a complimentary flag case and/or complimentary casket customization for military service is also provided.

Q. Do you think pre-arranging is best?
A. Absolutely, yes. Whether death is “near need,” or you simply want to plan ahead, call us at (219) 887-1852. You can also go to our website at, and click “Pre-Plan Online.” Answer the questions and click “Submit.” That’s all you need to do.

Q. What if the death is after hours, on a weekend or a holiday?
A. We are here 24 hours, 7 days per week, 365 days every year. If you have had a death, call us immediately.

Q. When do we pay for our services?
A. You can pre-plan and pre-play for your final expenses,or you can pay for your services after the death takes place.

Q. Are Social Security and veterans death benefits available for a veteran’s family?
A. Yes. Social Security pays a lump sum death benefit of $255 to the spouse or the dependent children of a veteran. Families of disabled veterans, veterans dying in a VA hospital, or veterans receiving a support pension can receive cash benefits from $300 to $2,000.

Q. What about burial in a veterans cemetery?
A. All veterans and their spouses are entitled to a grave, headstone, outer burial container, opening and closing, and perpetual care in any veterans cemetery in the country.

Q. What if our veterans cemetery is several hours away?
A. Consider this. Every veterans cemetery is a national shrine. It is an honor to be buried there. We feel that an excellent place for a veteran and their spouse to be buried is in a national cemetery. It is an honor they have earned. The closest veterans cemetery to Northwest Indiana is Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery located in Elwood, Illinois, approximately 50 miles away from Northwest Indiana.