Honoring the achievements of your loved ones and celebrating the life you shared together are the cornerstones of healing after loss.
As a veteran, serving your country honorably, it is important that you are aware of all the veteran’s benefits the government has to offer related to funerals. We hope this information, which was compiled from the Department of Veterans Affairs, (subject to change, depending on your state) will be helpful to you. We would be happy to assist you with securing the VA benefits to which you are entitled.
Who is eligible for the VA Burial Allowance?
(A partial reimbursement of the funeral expenses)
You may be eligible to the VA Burial Allowance if:
*You paid for a veterans burial or funeral
*You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased veterans employer
*The veteran was discharged under conditions other that dishonorable
In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
*The veteran died due to a service-related disability
*The veteran was receiving a VA pension at the time of death
*The veteran was entitled to receive VA pension/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 a VA contract
How much does the VA pay?
The Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act of 2001 has allowed for burial and funeral expense for veterans who die as a result of service-connected disability up to $2000.00 and the cemetery plot allowance, for certain disabled veterans of $300.00. If a veteran dies while in a VA Federal hospital or under contracted nursing home care, the cost of transferring the deceased veteran to a funeral home and the cost of the hearse for the funeral may be reimbursed to the family.
Other VA Benefits include:
Burial in a VA National Cemetery or a State Veteran Cemetery.
A grave for the veteran and his spouse in the above named cemeteries.
Opening of the grave expense included in the above named cemeteries.
Headstone or flush grave marker; bronze, granite or up-right marble (depending on cemetery regulations)
Installation of marker (does not pertain to all states)
Full Military Honors
Presidential Memorial Certificate
How can the VA Benefits be applied for?
The funeral director can apply for most of the VA benefits by completing the necessary VA forms and directing the forms to the proper authorities at the VA facilities. Documents that are required; an Honorable Discharge (DD-214), a death certificate and in some cases a copy of a paid funeral bill.
Burial Service At Arlington National Cemetery
(Arlington National Cemetery Funeral Video courtesy of Cameo Video Productions of Washington, www.arlingtonfuneralvideo.com)
Your family photographs are skillfully blended with wonderful graphic images and music, to create an elegantly emotive cinematic video. It can be an integral part of any funeral or memorial service. After the ceremony, the video is sure to become a treasured family keepsake. And, we can make copies as gifts for family and friends.
Our Life Tributes memorial bookmarks, service programs, prayer cards, and folders can all include a favorite photo, poem or prose tribute to your loved one. With the variety available to us through Life Tributes, we can add a uniquely caring element to your service, so your guests can leave with a treasured keepsake. It’s tradition…with a twist.
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