There are many funeral services and benefits available for
eligible service members, Veterans, and their families. We believe that the men
and woman who have served in the United States armed forces deserve the
greatest honor, respect, and care at the time of their death. Here are some benefits
which may be available for your loved one.
A Veteran’s Administration (VA)
Burial Allowance is a flat rate monetary benefit that is paid at the maximum
amount authorized by law for an eligible Veteran’s burial and funeral costs.
Regulations for this benefit were simplified to pay eligible survivors
automatically upon notification of the Veteran’s death, without the need to
submit a claim. The VA will pay a $300 burial and funeral expense allowance for
veterans who qualify.
The VA will pay a $150 plot
allowance when the veteran is not buried in a cemetery that is under U.S.
Government jurisdiction if the veteran is discharged from active duty because
of disability incurred or aggravated in line of duty, if the veteran was in
receipt of compensation or pension or would have been in receipt of
compensation but for receipt of military retired pay, or if the veteran died
while hospitalized by the VA.
The VA may pay a burial allowance
up to $1,500 if the veteran’s death is service connected. The VA may also pay
the cost of transferring the deceased of a service-disabled veteran to a local
Military Funeral Honors
Every eligible Veteran is entitled to receive
military funeral honors at the family’s request by law. The Department of
Defense calls for funeral home directors to request military funeral honors on
behalf of the Veteran’s family. Military units are required to provide, at a
minimum, a two-person uniformed detail to present the core elements of a
military honors ceremony. This includes the playing of Taps and the folding and
presentation of the U.S. flag. A uniformed representative from the veteran’s
service will present the flag. For more information on the flag presentation
protocol, see this online
Burial in National
Cemeteries and State Veterans Cemeteries
A gravesite in any of the 135
national cemeteries with available space is one of the benefits available to
eligible Veterans. Gravesites in national cemeteries cannot be reserved.
Funeral directors or others making burial arrangements must apply at the time
of death. This benefit also includes internment, or the opening and closing of
the grave, and the perpetual care and maintenance of the cemetery grounds.
Cremated remains are treated in the same manner and honors as casketed remains.
For a map and listing of national and state cemeteries visit the National Cemetery
Spouses and dependents of eligible
veterans may be buried in a national cemetery with the Veteran. The spouse or
dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran’s
headstone, at no cost. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if
they predecease the Veteran.
Upon request, the Department of
Veterans Affairs provides a government headstone or marker for the grave of any
deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their
date of death. Different styles of markers are available and must be permitted
by the cemetery where it will be placed.
To honor the memory of a deceased,
honorably discharged Veteran, a Presidential Memorial Certificate is provided
to the next of kin or loved one. The certificate is a gold-embossed paper
certificate bearing the signature of the current President expressing the
country’s recognition of his or her service in the Armed Forces.
For more detailed information and resources, please visit the
Department of Veterans Affairs online.
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