Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer some of the most common questions.

    • Are you affiliated with Beaver County or Beaver County government?

      NO.  We are not affiliated with any government agency in Beaver County.  We share the name only because that's the county from which we operate.  We do not receive any funding from Beaver County government.
    • Who is qualified to receive Military Funeral Honors?

      The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is available to all veterans, free of charge as long as they meet eligibility.
      Funeral Honors Eligibility
      • Military members on active duty or Selected Reserve
      • Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable
      • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable
      • Former military members discharged from Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty
      The funeral director will usually want to verify eligibility.  The easiest way is to use the deceased members DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.  Any discharge document showing other than dishonorable service can be used.

    • How do I schedule a service for a deceased veteran?

      Please accept our most sincere condolences on your loss.  It's very hard to lose a loved one and to try and remember to schedule a veterans service is not usually one that is high on your list.  There is some relief from this burden.  Let your funeral director know that you wish to have military burial services provided by the Beaver County Special Unit and they will contact us directly to schedule.

    • I thought it was a 21 gun salute?

      This is a common misconception.  A 3 Volley salute is composed of 3 - 7 rifles and is an honor presented at funerals of those who served.  A 21 gun salute is a custom and courtesy presented to high ranking officials and dignitaries such as Admirals, Generals, Presidents and leadership from other countries.

      The tradition, of the 3 Volley salute,  dates back centuries, when a cease-fire would occur during a fight, allowing each side to remove any casualties from the battlefield. Afterwards, three volleys would be shot, signifying the dead had been removed and taken care of by their respective sides, and the fight could continue.

    • What are the ranks of the volunteers?

      Though rank was used while we were part of the military, we do not display our ranks in dress uniform.  However, we do display our achievements via medals earned.

    • Are all members veterans?

      Every member of The Beaver County Special Unit is a veteran from one of our branches of service.  Some have even been in multiple branches.

    • I made a donation to the unit does that mean the volunteers get paid?

      No.  All the volunteers are just that, volunteers.  Money that is donated to the unit is used to purchase supplies needed to perform our duties.  Such as flags, cases, uniforms and etc..  No money is given to pay the volunteers for their service.

    • How do I make a donation to the unit?

      First and foremost, thank you for wanting to donate.  All donations can be made via check payable to the Beaver County Special Unit.  You can mail or drop off your check at the American Legion in Monaca.
      Mailing Address:

      American Legion Post 580
      ico/ Beaver County Special Unit
      600 Pennsylvania Ave
      Monaca, PA 15061

    • How do I become a Member?

      Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for the Beaver County Special Unit.  Please follow the link below for our  membership application form.  Please complete the form and a member will reach out to you with more information.
      Membership Application Form