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Recovering Burial Costs

Posted by James Jett on February 4, 2007


Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 124 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the veteran’s headstone, at no cost to the family.

How Much Does VA Pay?

Service-Related Death.  VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001.  VA will pay up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 10, 2001.  If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.

Nonservice-Related Death.  VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses, and a $300 plot-interment allowance for deaths on or after December 1, 2001.  The plot-interment allowance is $150 for deaths prior to December 1, 2001.  If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under VA contracted nursing home care, some or all of the costs for transporting the deceased’s remains may be reimbursed.

How Can You Apply?You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Benefits.  You should attach proof of the veteran’s military service (DD 214), a death certificate, and copies of funeral and burial bills you have paid.  Related BenefitsBurial in VA National CemeteriesHeadstones and MarkersPresidential Memorial CertificatesBurial Flags  I will take another look at this because someone may have a refund coming and should apply for it. THIS IS COPIED FROM THE VA WEB SITE!

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