A mission to serve. Hear from veterans who have already made the transition to funeral service careers.
Courage. Discipline. Integrity. The values and skills that veterans have honed over the years align well with funeral professions. From funeral directors and crematory operators to cemetery managers and maintenance and grounds crew, financial advisors and insurance sales, there are a wide variety of funeral career options available to veterans of all backgrounds and interests. Here are some examples of veterans who are fulfilling their mission in a funeral service profession.
Serving as a funeral honor coordinator is my way of giving back to those who have been in combat. Meeting the families and being able to share gratitude and a sense of appreciation for what they have done for us – that brings me a real sense of satisfaction.
The sense of duty and honor that were so ingrained in me in the military are also present in my work in cemetery grounds management. People see that you truly care about them and will see them through this difficult time. I was able to go from being a first responder to a final responder.
Veterans are very regimented and scheduled, and they understand the value of time. We always show up early, which is a beneficial quality in the funeral profession.
Funeral service is like the honor guard in that it’s a calling. It requires a conscious decision to make the sacrifices required to help families in their time of need. The rewards you get back make it worth everything you invest into it.
The Journey to Serve campaign was brought to life through real-world experiences shared by members of our community. We are always looking to share additional compelling stories with our audience. Are you a veteran with an experience that you would like to share? Please fill out the form below and submit your story for consideration. A member of our team will reach out before adding your story to the site.