Sep 16, 2015 - 09:30 AM
That is a broad question as it depends on the veteran and if they were receiving any benefits from the VA. However, all Honorably discharged veterans are eligible for their burial flag, headstone from the VA [if being buried in a private cemetery] or burial in a National Cemetery.
As far as monetary benefits go if the veteran dies from a service connected condition(s) [or one grossly contributed to their death] their family would be eligible to apply for Service Connected Burial Benefits. (Additionally, if the veteran dies from a Service Connected Condition their spouse should be eligible for DIC Benefits from the VA). This is $2000.00 if determined by the VA that the death is Service Connected.
If the veteran at the time of their death was receiving the VA's Non-Service Connected Pension they would be entitled to the Non-Service Connected Burial Benefits. This is $300 if determined eligible by the VA.
If you have any further questions please direct them to either me here or you are able to talk to a Veterans Service Officer in your area. You can locate a VSO through the VA's website at: http://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditat...
Sep 16, 2015 - 03:19 PM