Burial and Death Benefits
is a VA Burial Allowance?
A VA burial allowance is a partial reimbursement of an eligible
veteran's burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is not
service-related, the reimbursement is generally described as two payments: (1) a
burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot interment allowance.
is Eligible for a VA Burial Allowance?
You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
- you paid for the 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
- the veteran died because of a service-connected disability OR
- the veteran was getting VA pension or compensation at the time of death
- the veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation but
decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay
- the veteran died in a VA hospital or while in a nursing home under VA
Gets A Burial Flag?
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or
accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed
Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran’s military service to
his or her country. Former members of the Selected Reserve are also eligible for
a burial flag. The VA is authorized by law to issue one flag for a veteran’s
funeral and cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed or stolen.
Does a Person Get Buried in a National Cemetery?
Burial in a VA national cemetery is provided on a space available
basis. Generally, deceased veterans discharged under conditions other than
dishonorable and service members who die while on active duty are eligible.
Under certain circumstance, spouses and qualified dependent children of active
duty military personnel and eligible veterans may also be buried in a VA
national cemetery. Gravesites in national cemeteries cannot be reserved.
the VA Provide A Headstone or Marker?
The eligibility criteria for a VA headstone or marker are the same as
for burial in a VA national cemetery. A headstone or marker is also available to
individuals with 20 years service in the Selected Reserve or National Guard. The
VA does not provide headstones or markers for the deceased spouse of a veteran
unless the spouse was also a veteran in their own right. Headstones and markers
of the same style as VA headstones and markers can be ordered commercially for
spouses and other family members of a veteran at the family’s expense. A veteran
does not have to be buried in a VA national or state cemetery to get a VA
headstone or marker.
Your CVSO can assist you in obtaining relevant documents and submitting your
claim to the appropriate VA regional office. Please contact us so that we may
offer our assistance and guidance.