The VA provides a variety of burial benefits for eligible veterans, including grave sites at national cemeteries; burial honors; headstones or markers; and burial and transportation costs.
During the passing of a service member, the government assists surviving family members in the cost of burial service to dignify and commemorate the deceased veteran who voluntarily served their country.
Free burial services are provided for eligible veterans at any of the 141 national cemeteries with open space.
The first step to receiving assistance and benefits for a veteran’s death is to report it to the appropriate agencies, including the Social Security Administration, DEERS, the DFAS, and the VA.
The VA covers a variety of burial and funeral costs for qualifying veterans, including opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a headstone or marker, and a burial flag if an eligible veteran and their dependents are buried or inurned in a national cemetery, Arlington, or National Park cemetery.
The Department of Defense and the VA will provide military funeral honors, gravestones or markers, and burial flags for private cemetery burials at no charge to the veteran’s surviving family members.
There are many considerations which must be addressed when arranging a military funeral. Read on to learn more about the various decisions to be made, and what your options are.
All military force veterans are accorded the benefit of having a decent and honorable memorial, funeral or burial as a token of tribute for their sacrifice
When a loved one dies while on duty, the military assigns an assistant who will see you through the hard times and assist you in all the processes on benefits, entitlements and funeral arrangements.
If requested by the family, the public law number 106-65 requires the government to provide the veteran with a military funeral along with the presentation of a US burial flag and the playing of Taps.