A "Buddy Statement" should include the following information:
Note: Dates are the date we published the information to our Facebook page, not the date of the information.
A Veteran who passes away is eligible for military funeral honors. In Missouri this normally includes a Three-Volley Rifle Salute, sounding of Taps, Flag Folding and Presentation of the Flag to the family. Let the Funeral Director know and they will make the arrangements at no cost to the family.
Are you deploying? Help yourself and your buddies with future VA claims by taking pictures of each other with your weapons and near signs. For example, if you're stationed near a chemical plant, take a photo with the sign. If something unusual or traumatic happens, make notes for each other as "buddy statements." Keep notes or a diary while deployed. It can take years for symptoms to show, including PTSD. Keep a copy of these photos, notes, and your Orders together. This documentation will make your claim process easier.