BBB issues warning on ‘veterans’ funeral company

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The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota says a casket and funeral supply company is making some questionable claims in door-to-door sales pitches to potential elderly customers in the metro area.

The company, U.S. Patriot Services, lists addresses in Missouri and California and claims to be a veterans’ organization. According to the Better Business Bureau, the company makes it seem as though it’s offering burial in national cemeteries for free. But all U.S. veterans who are honorably discharged are already eligible for such burials, so it’s not a service the company can offer, the BBB said.

The consumer advocacy group is advising veterans to ask the company about its credentials as a veterans’ organization and to seek multiple quotes before buying any kind of service.

The company did not immediately respond to an inquiry by MPR News.

The BBB says one veteran who lives in the Stillwater area was able to get a refund after purchasing services from the company.