Veterans Benefits

veterans funeral benefits

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The Veterans Administration provides benefits for a veteran's family if they can provide a copy of discharge papers (form DD-214)indicating a discharge other than dishonorable. These benefits include a flag, burial in a national veterans cemetery, a burial vault, a grave marker, military honors at the graveside, and a Presidential Merit Certificate. If the  burial is in a veterans cemetery, a grave can also be reserved for a surviving spouse.  (If you can’t locate the veteran’s discharge papers, your funeral director can help you get a new copy. This website will tell you what you need to send with your request. - www.archives.gov/veterans/index.html)

 

There are additional federal monetary allowances toward burial expenses in some circumstances, such as if the veteran's death occurs in a federal VA hospital or if the veteran was receiving a VA pension at the time of death. Because federal and state guidelines vary depending on the circumstances, your funeral director will be glad to offer information on an individual basis. The Veterans Administration also has a lot of very helpful information. www.cem.va.gov

 

If a soldier dies during wartime, the benefits are very different and more inclusive. 

For details on this, ask your funeral director or visit the website mentioned in the previous paragraph.

 

There is a national veterans cemetery in almost every state. Some states have more than one and sometimes a veterans cemetery is full and is not accepting any newe burials. The veterans website will tell you that. This link will give you a lot of really good information about the cemeteries.  https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/listcem.asp

  

Some states also have a state veterans cemetery. In most local cemeteries, there is a section for veterans. The graves and the cost for burial are sometimes priced less in this area out of respect for the veteran's service to our country. Ask your local cemetery for details if you're interested in this.  


Burial is also permitted in any national veterans cemetery in the United States, depending on the availability of graves. The most well-known veterans cemetery in the United States, is Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC. For eligibility for burial in Arlington National Cemetery, your funeral director will be able to help you. There is also information at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/funeral_information/index.html. Your funeral director will be able to help you with availability in other cemeteries in your area. There may be residency requirements that your funeral director can explain.   


There is a local veterans center in various cities in every state. Do a search for "veterans center in ____ (enter your city)" and the address and phone number will show up in your search results. Otherwise the national help number is _________. 


If you need further assistance, your funeral director can help you with any concerns.  

 

Some veterans have life insurance coverage with Government National Life Insurance. Your funeral director can help you file the claim for the death benefits. If you have additional questions, their office number is 1-800-669-8477.