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What types of after death costs does the VA pay?

My dad was a Vietnam vet but was always adamant in his wish to be cremated and to not be buried in a hole in the ground. I want to scatter his ashes by his favorite fly fishing stream but will the VA pay for cremation?
Status: Open    Feb 11, 2016 - 12:02 PM

VA Benefits, End of Life

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Feb 12, 2016 - 09:27 AM

Was your father Service Connected for anything from the VA? Also being a Vietnam Veteran what did he ultimately pass from? If it was one of the presumptive service connectable disease associated with the herbicide Agent Orange the benefits could be much higher.

To answer your question though, if your father was not receiving monthly benefits from the VA there will be no burial reimbursement. As far as burial benefits that every veteran is entitled to is a Headstone (if buried in a private cemetery), Burial/Internment in a National Cemetery, Burial Flag & Presidential Memorial Certificate honoring his service signed by the current president (this can be requested at any time). The cost of any preparations are the responsibility of the veteran's family.

I really think it would benefit you to speak with a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) who can explain in more depth regarding any benefits your father may be entitled to. Please feel free to give my office a call and I can talk with you more otherwise, you can locate one near you through the VA's website at: OGC - Accreditation Search A VSO will assist you at no cost and can be a great advocate for you.
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