We are honored to be the exclusive Veterans Funeral Care™ provider for our area. As part of this prominent network of providers, Corbett Funeral & Cremation offers superior Burial and Cremation services to veterans and their families throughout Oklahoma and surrounding counties.
Why Are We A Proud Veterans Funeral Care Provider? Here’s one reason:
by Darin M Corbett
Shortly before establishing Corbett Funeral & Cremation in 2005, I was the managing director for a large funeral home here in Oklahoma County. It was at this firm that on one ordinary Oklahoma fall day, a man in his late 70’s walked into my office and sternly asked, in a distinctive New York accent, to speak “…to whoever is in charge of this here joint ”. My first reaction as the one in charge was to cringe and think, “Crap! What did my guys do wrong”. Thankfully it was nothing like that. In fact, how this seemingly random encounter ends is nothing short of amazing.
As this gentleman and I began chat, I learned that his name was Tony Rosetano and he wanted to “take out one of those prepaid plans for he and the Misses”. Being that I was a kid with a father born and raised in New York City, it was easy for me to spot another New Yorker in my midst. As a New Yorker by familial association, I of course goaded Mr. Rosetano by asking if he was from Jersey. “What! Na, I’m a New Yorka”. I told him that my father was a from The City and grew up on Riverside Drive. “No kidding” he said.
When we got into the details of his preened funeral plan, Tony stressed the importance that he have military honors at his funeral. I told him we would absolutely make sure he received military honors and asked him, given his age, if he was a WWII veteran, to which he answered yes. I said my dad was too. “Where you in the European or Pacific Theater?” “European” he said. I said my dad was Army and served over there too, with the 398th. “I was Army too” (Army Air Corps to be exact) he proudly stated, sitting a little taller in his chair. “Yeah” he replied, “small world.” Small world indeed. Just how small was what I was about to find out.
As we discussed burial plans for he and his wife a little more, Tony again asserted the importance of having military honors at his funeral, this time he shared with me that he “…was a guest of the Germans for a while”, a POW. This is getting eerie I remember thinking, “Really? My dad was a POW, three times as a matter of fact.” I then began, perhaps a bit selfishly, telling Tony more about my dad.
“ Yeah, he escaped two times and when the French underground couldn't get him out he was captured hiding in a bar in occupied Paris.” Tony became like a statue, not moving and fixed on my every word. “Not only that”, I said. “They were going to make an example out of him so they put him on the “Death Train” through France and Germany in the dead of winter.” When I said that, all the color drained from Tony’s face.“Are you okay?” I asked. He replied with a wave of his hand and said to “Go on”. I told him that “of the 300 souls that boarded that boxcar only two got off alive once they arrived at Stammlager XII A in Lumburg, Germany.”
I continued on, telling him my dad had only God and another GI to thank for helping him make it through that long ride from hell. Tony, looking me square in the eye, leaned into me, placed his tired hand on mine and quietly asked something that brings me to tears even to this day, “Are you Frankie’s boy?” Wait a minute! I thought to myself. How did Tony know my dad was called Frankie during the war? I hadn't even told him my dad’s name.
As it turns out it truly is very small world. This man, someone whom I had never met, someone who played a crucial role in my life, and who seemingly walked into my funeral home randomly one day to make his plans was just bringing full circle HIS plan for he and I.
Tony, you see, was the other survivor from the boxcar.
Tony would stop in here at Corbett Funeral & Cremation from time to time and we would visit about everything: New York, family, my brother in the Navy, my time in college ROTC and not taking my officer commission because of a girl and his giving me a hard time about it. We however, never talked about the war again; we now had a special bond and some things were just understood.
This is only one of the many reason why we are proud to serve our veterans and their families.
Honoring those who will never be forgotten.
As honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care™ our staff has been extensively trained to handle every detail of making burial and cremation arrangements for veterans. This includes answering questions about military protocol, assuring that legal requirements are met, and providing whatever equipment, facilities and services that may be needed.
The mission of Veterans Funeral Care™ is to reduce funeral costs for veterans and their families. To this end, we proudly offer specially created funeral, burial, and cremation plans designed to honor the courageous men and women who have honorably served our country. These special packages are also available for the spouses of honorably discharged veterans, as well as their dependent children. Our knowledgeable staff of professional caregivers stand ready to help you obtain these benefits already paid for by your honorable military service.
Almost all honorably discharged veterans who served in any of our Armed Forces branches (wartime and peacetime) are entitled to burial in a National Cemetery… a benefit which includes cemetery lots, opening and closing fees, a grave marker, concrete graveliner or vault (when casketed burial is selected), and perpetual care at absolutely no cost. A $14,645 value per married couple. This benefit applies not only for the veteran, but also for the veteran's spouse and any dependent children.
Cash Benefits for Veterans
Benefits for veterans who die at a Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital
1. Gets $734 burial or cremation allowance.
2. Gets $734 plot allowance if they don't use a National Cemetery.
3. Gets transportation from VA hospital (our charges reimbursed).
4. Gets transportation to place of interment or services (our charges reimbursed).
Benefits for veterans who die outside a VA Hospital
You are receiving a VA service connected disability pension.
1. VA service connected disability pension.
2. Gets $300 burial/cremation allowance.
3. Gets $300 plot allowance if they don't use a National Cemetery.
4. If your disability is service connected, transportation will be paid only if buried in a National Cemetery.
VA assistance or support pension.
1. VA support pension. Gets $807 burial/cremation allowance.
2. Gets $807 plot allowance if they don't use a National Cemetery.
3. No transport money is allowed, ever.
100% service connected veteran.
Must have died from service connection. If so, up to $2,000 is reimbursed to family for funeral/cremation costs.
Benefits for all veterans and spouses All Vets and their spouses with honorable discharge and with one day of active duty are entitled to free cemetery property, headstone, Opening & Closing, and perpetual care at any National Cemetery.
1. Honorably discharged veteran serving any length of time before 9/7/80.
2. Veterans entering service after this time must serve 24 months of continuous active duty or for the full time for which the person was called to active duty.
In Loving & Honored Memory
SSG Frank J. Corbett US Army WWII
SSG Corbett was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, POW (3x), and Combat Infantry Badge, European Theater Ribbon w/ 3 Bronze Battle Stars for combat action against the enemy in Rhineland, Central Europe and Northern France (Battle of the Bulge).
Antonio "Tony" Rosetano US Army Air Corps WWII
Tail Gunner, B-17 Vagabond Lady 388th Bomb Group POW