Flags are provided for burial services of military personnel and most veterans. If a person dies while on active duty, his or her own Service furnishes the flag used to drape his or her coffin. Flags for the funerals of veteran are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and may be obtained at local VA offices. The veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and must have served either in wartime or the Korean conflict, or have served at least one peacetime enlistment unless discharged or released sooner for disability incurred in line of duty.
The flag will be presented -- at the proper time during the burial service -- to the next of kin. In the event that there is no next of kin, it will be presented, upon request, to a close friend or associate of the deceased veteran.
Before issuing a flag, the VA officials or postal officials will require evidence of the character of discharge as well as proof of death. When proper evidence, is given, the flag will be issued promptly.