The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes a partial reimbursement of eligible veterans’ burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is service-related, the reimbursement is generally described as two payments:
(1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and
(2) a plot interment allowance. You may be entitled to a Va burial allowance if:
You paid for a veteran’s burial or funeral and
You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased veteran’s employer and
The veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable
in addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
The veteran died because of a service-related disability or
The veteran was getting VA pension or compensation at the time of death or
The veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay or
The veteran died in a Va hospital or while in a nursing home under Va contract.
The VA will pay an allowance toward burial and funeral expenses, and a plot interment allowance.
If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under contracted nursing care, the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.
Non-service related death
The VA will pay an allowance toward burial expenses.
HEADSTONES AND MARKERS
The VA furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker to mark the unmarked grave of an eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world. Flat bronze, granite or marble markers and upright granite and marble headstones are available.
The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial.
The cemetery must certify that the type chosen is permitted on the grave of the deceased.
Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.
Most veterans are eligible for a burial flag. reservists entitled to retired pay are also eligible to receive a burial flag.
To facilitate receiving veteran benefits for which you may be eligible, you will need the following when you contact the Veterans administration office:
Proof of the veteran’s military service (DD 214)
Service serial number
Marriage License (if applicable)
Children’s Birth Certificate (if applicable)
Certified Copy of the Death Certificate
(800) 827-1000 www.va.gov
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