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Does the VA pay for cremation?

Cremation services are not provided directly by the VA, but some veterans are provided with an allowance to cover cremation or funeral expenses. Burial benefits and allowances are given to all members of the armed forces who have met the minimum active duty service. In fact, a veteran’s spouse and children are also entitled to burial benefits. Burial benefits include a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial at a national cemetery or a private cemetery.

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