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We are proud to be a part of the Veterans & Family Memorial Care funeral home provider network, providing the best in care for those who served – and for those who love them. Veterans & Family Memorial Care Providers are experts in arranging, directing and coordinating all of the details surrounding the death of a veteran or veteran’s family member.

The VA DOES NOT provide or pay for funeral or cremation arrangements or provide transportation or military honors.

Free burial for veterans is available at all VA national cemeteries to any deceased veteran of wartime or peacetime service (other than training) who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Members of the Reserve and the Army and Air National Guard who die while performing or as a result of performing active duty for training may also be eligible. FREE BURIAL is also available to an eligible veterans's spouse, minor child(ren) and, under certain conditions, to unmarried adult children.

Veterans Administration Burial Allowances

VA burial allowances are partial reimbursements of an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs.  When the cause of death is not service related, the reimbursements are generally described as two payments:  (1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot or interment allowance. All veterans are entitled to a free burial in a national cemetery and a grave marker. This eligibility also extends to some civilians who have provided military-related service and some Public Health Service personnel. Spouses and dependent children also are entitled to a lot and marker when buried in a national cemetery. There are no charges for opening or closing the grave, for a vault or liner, or for setting the marker in a national cemetery. The family generally is responsible for other expenses, including transportation to the cemetery.


Who Is Eligible?

You may be eligible for 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 receiving 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 while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility,  OR

·         the veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment, or care, OR

·         the veteran had an original or reopened claim pending at the time of death and has been found entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to the date or death,  OR

·         the veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home.


How Much Does VA Pay?

Service-Related Death.  VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001.  VA will pay up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 10, 2001.  If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.

Nonservice-Related Death.  VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot-interment allowance for deaths on or after December 1, 2001.  The plot-interment allowance is $150 for deaths prior to December 1, 2001.  If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under VA contracted nursing home care, some or all of the costs for transporting the veteran’s remains may be reimbursed.


How Can You Apply?

You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Benefits.  You should attach a copy of the veteran’s military discharge document (DD 214 or equivalent), death certificate, funeral and burial bills. They should show that you have paid them in full.  You may download the form at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/


Related Benefits

VA National Cemetery Burials / Headstones and Markers / Presidential Memorial Certificates / Burial Flags / Military Funerals and other Veteran related benefit information can be found at the VA Web site or by calling the VA.

For More Information, Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000

or Visit the Veterans Administration Web Site at http://www.va.gov

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