Veterans Resource Page
Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services has served veterans and supported soldiers on active duty as a regular part of our history in the Salem area since 1949. Below you will find resources and benefits after a death has occurred, as well as various programs to support active duty soldiers.
We have a separate page just for veterans funeral benefits. Benefits are available to an honorably discharged veteran and their family. Learn more >
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has provided frontline care for the families of those who have died while serving in the Armed Forces since 1994. For these surviving loved ones, their grief is focused now on giving meaning and purpose to their fallen hero’s life and service. They also sponsor Veterans Grief Camps for survivors over the Memorial Day weekend.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute, a national nonprofit that provides online education and support to Americans who work with, live with or care for military service members, Veterans and their families, recently launched an online suicide-prevention training video, titled “SAVE,” which is designed to equip anyone who interacts with Veterans to demonstrate care, support and compassion when talking with a Veteran who could be at risk for suicide.
We participate in this program for active duty soldiers.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans.
Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers...Have provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time
Mails approximately 3,000 calling cards each week
Recycled more than 11.6 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills
July 2012 launched Helping Heroes Home, to provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.
Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 2,700 veterans and their families with emergency funding.
We participate in the Wreaths Across America program every year. We start taking orders for wreaths in November. Contact us for details if you want to participate
The mission of Wreaths Across America - Remember, Honor, Teach - is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. They also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where they stop along the way to spread the message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.