When a veteran of the United States military dies, a special military flag is issued to the next of kin - a way of honoring the deceased’s service to the country. Many families wonder if they are permitted to request multiple flags, allowing multiple households to have one of their own.
The short answer to this inquiry is no. A single flag is issued, and there is no way to order a second one so that the memories may be more easily shared between households.
With that said, you may occasionally have an instance where the flag arrives at your home, or at the funeral home, and is already defective. Most of the time, this will indicate a handling error made by the United States Postal Services. If you open the package in which the flag was shipped and it is clearly damaged in some way, that’s when you can ask that a replacement flag be issued.
The best way to handle this issue is to reach out to the local chapter of the VFW or the American Legion and ask them what they can do for you; often, they will be able to procure the replacement flag that you need.
You’ll also need to make sure you take care of the defective flag in a way that’s respectful; a quick review of the United States flag code may be helpful here.
If you have any additional questions about matters related to veteran funerals, there are plenty of people who can help you. Reach out to your local funeral home director or seek assistance at the American Legion or VFW.