Veteran’s Benefits

The family of an honorably discharged veteran may be entitled to a number of benefits. Please be aware that VETERAN’S BENEFITS MUST BE APPLIED FOR: THEY ARE NOT PAID AUTOMATICALLY.

When filing a claim for Veteran’s Benefits, most or all of the following documents will be needed:

  • Veteran’s Death Certificate
  • Veteran’s Discharge Papers
  • Copy of Veteran’s Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certificates of Veteran’s Minor Children
  • Receipt of itemized Funeral Bill for Veteran

You can contact your local or regional office of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs for current information on benefits and claims procedures, or call the Department of Veteran’s Affairs at: 1-202-872-1151

Or write:

Department of Veteran’s Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20420

VETERAN’S BURIAL BENEFITS

Claim Procedure
Dependents of veterans, widows and/or children should visit their nearest VA office immediately upon a veteran’s demise to complete a claim form. You will need a certified copy or original DD214 (Enlisted Record and Report of separation). In all cases, a death certificate is required. When the claim is processed, payment will be made according to the insured’s intention: lump sum or monthly installment. Processing time is about 30 days.

Burial Benefits Payable
a. Interment of Burial Plot Allowance – An allowance not exceeding $150 for incurred expenses of interment or burial plot when the burial was not made in a national cemetery. To be eligible the deceased must have been receiving disability benefits, compensation or pension.
b. Basic Burial Allowance – An allowance of $300 for expenses of burial and funeral of the eligible deceased veteran. To be eligible a veteran must have been receiving pension or compensation from the VA or be eligible for same or die in a VA facility.
c. Burial Allowance for Service – Connected Death – When the veteran’s death occurs as the result of a service-connected disability, an amount up to $1500 may be paid in lieu of other burial benefits.
d. Transportation Costs – The cost of transporting the body to the place of burial may also be paid in addition to the above allowance when:
(1) The veteran died while in a hospital, domiciliary, or nursing home to which he or she had been properly admitted under authority of the VA; or
(2) The veteran died enroute while traveling under prior authorization of the VA for the purpose of examination, treatment or care.
e. Headstones/Markers – A government-provided marker is available from the VA to mark the grave of an eligible veteran. Delivery time from the government is currently six months to one year after application is made.
f. Burial Flag – An American flag is provided to drape the casket of a veteran. After the funeral service, the flag may be given to the next of kin or close friend or associate of the decease. Flags are issued at any VA office, and most local post offices.
g. Interment in National Cemeteries – The interment of a deceased veteran will be authorized in any cemetery in which grave space is available. There is no charge for a grave in a national cemetery. Application for burial can be made only at the time of death. The VA does not pay the cost of transportation unless the veteran dies of a service-connected disability or was receiving disability compensation. The veteran’s family is also responsible for the cost of the casket and other funeral charges although the basic burial allowance and the burial allowance for service-connected death may be applied to these expenses. Verification of eligibility takes two working days, however some cases may require a longer period of time. The time and date of the burial should not be announced until the Director has confirmed the schedule and authorized interment.