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What burial benefits are available to veterans?

Status: Open    Dec 16, 2014 - 03:25 PM

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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:

Sep 16, 2015 - 03:19 PM

There are various burial and internment benefits depending on the situation and service of the veteran. In the most basic situation of a veteran passing while receiving (or has a pending claim for)non-service connected pension benefits or service connected compensation benefits, the VA has streamlined the process. In some cases, it will be evident to the VA that the surviving spouse is qualified for the burial benefit and can approve the burial benefit just as they do the month of death benefit for the surviving spouse. If not, the surviving spouse must fill out a 21-530. I suggest including a copy of the death certificate, a DD214 and a copy of the burial receipt. If the VA needs more information to determine qualification, they will ask the claimant for it. The basic burial benefits is a maximum of $300. There are increased amounts or reimbursement in other situation.

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Mar 26, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Thank you for your question! We have an article on the A Place for Mom blog regarding different VA benefits, including burial, that may be of interest to you. The link is:


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