Get Help With Decision Making in the Hectic Aftermath

Our families report that once you get the news of a suicide, it quickly becomes the least of their problems. You will be overwhelmed from all sides. Critical decision-making is required at this time.

Funeral homes use this to their advantage as death is their business. They may not tell you all you need to know. Regardless, the choices you make will impact you for years to come financially and emotionally. Here’s three calls that we’d make upon hearing the news that we’ve lost another soldier to suicide.

Call Our Time of Need Help Line

Call our support line (202) 305-0537. Open from 8-8 EST, you will find a compassionate and helpful voice on the other line who’s ready to help.  Our staff are not trained or certified counselors, but through the experience of speaking with other Veteran families who’ve been faced with the same issues you are, they can provide another point of view. 

Our goal is to help you find the right way to honor your loved one and help you make your own decision with a long-term prospective.

Call Funeral Homes

If you’re looking to find a funeral home that will do a direct cremation, you will need to call more than the local ones. Direct cremation is the most economical option. Here’s more about why we think this is a great option for some families. Remember to ask for an all-inclusive price so there are no surprises. 

Call the VA

Initiate your claim at or call 1-800-827-1000 for assistance. Your claim will take a while to get to you. That means that the sooner you get it started, the faster you’ll see the money. Expect a range of benefits, from $500 – $2,000. but not in your time of need. If you want to take advantage of their other benefits, like the plot, marker and service, this is at the top of your list.

About Once a Soldier

Started in 2017, Once a Soldier is the only nonprofit in the USA to reach out to the families of Veteran suicide. With your kind support, we will continue to do the hardest job for the most deserving 

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