VFMC Providers are family owned and operated. They are selected for upholding the highest level of ethical business standards and integrity while providing outstanding, affordable professional service.
The staff at French Funeral Home and Lawson-Miller Chapel and Crematory are experts in assisting families with all aspects of the final arrangement process. They work closely with all Veterans Service Organizations and local hospices.
The government does an excellent job providing veterans and their spouses with burial benefits when using a veterans national or state cemetery. However, there are very limited benefits for the funeral or cremation arrangements.
Susie French, recently demonstrated a willingness and commitment to reach out to veterans and their families by extending benefits and savings beyond those provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This includes a preneed discount of 10 percent off services and merchandise to veterans and their spouses as well as a complimentary wood and glass flag case to the surviving spouse of a veteran who has prearranged via the VFMC program.
Another way VFMC Providers are reaching out is by their participation in the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Hundreds of Veterans and Family Memorial Care Providers nationwide are calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating old, unused cell phones. Included in becoming an exclusive Veterans and Family Memorial Care Provider, French Funeral Home has become an official drop off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers to help troops stay connected with their families.
Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their cell phones at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave., Brazil, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
"We're proud to show our support for our U.S. troops and to contribute to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers," Susie said.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone, enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.
Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in more than 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials.
Those interested in donating may call French Funeral Home at 446-2206 or visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com for more information.