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Veteran Services: Free urns for veterans

When one of our family members, who was a veteran passed away, our family checked into cremation and looked at urns to purchase. After looking at the different options, it was decided that we could make a quality wooden urn that would honor our loved one. After finishing the wooden urn, we decided to honor all veterans and offer support to their families by providing a free urn. These free urns are made possible by generous donations.

Each free urn is professionally handmade using quality oak wood and is personalized with a military service seal and a name plate that lists the veteran's name, rank, military service and life dates.

How does a veteran's family receive a free urn? When a veteran dies, families can contact free urns for veterans. The following information is required:

• A completed urn request form. (Online at

• A copy of the Veteran's DD-214 or other approved discharge papers. We use the same requirement as the Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans who have met minimum active service duty and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

• A copy of the Veteran's cremation certificate.

For more information on eligibility requirements or donations contact us at:

Free Urns for Veterans, P.O. Box 689, Anoka, MN 55303; email or; call 612-991-4608.

Free Urns for Veterans is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3). These free urns are made possible by generous donations. Donate online at: or mail check donations to the above address.

As always please see your local County Veterans Service Officer if you have any questions. You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by email at and as always have a great week.