Burial Allowance and Death Benefits
What is a VA Burial Allowance?
Who is Eligible for a VA Burial Allowance?
You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
Who Gets A Burial Flag?
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran’s military service to his or her country. Former members of the Selected Reserve are also eligible for a burial flag. The VA is authorized by law to issue one flag for a veteran’s funeral and cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed or stolen.
How Does a Person Get Buried in a National Cemetery?
Burial in a VA national cemetery is provided on a space available basis. Generally, deceased veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and service members who die while on active duty are eligible. Under certain circumstance, spouses and qualified dependent children of active duty military personnel and eligible veterans may also be buried in a VA national cemetery. Gravesites in national cemeteries cannot be reserved. For more information (link to veterans_cemetery.html).
Does the VA Provide A Headstone or Marker?
The eligibility criteria for a VA headstone or marker are the same as for burial in a VA national cemetery. A headstone or marker is also available to individuals with 20 years service in the Selected Reserve or National Guard. The VA does not provide headstones or markers for the deceased spouse of a veteran unless the spouse was also a veteran in their own right. Headstones and markers of the same style as VA headstones and markers can be ordered commercially for spouses and other family members of a veteran at the family’s expense. A veteran does not have to be buried in a VA national or state cemetery to get a VA headstone or marker. Use VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker, to apply for a VA headstone or marker.
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