Veterans Benefits Available After Death

Survivors of Veterans are entitled to many burial-related benefits. However, these benefits are not paid automatically. Claims for Veterans’ benefits must usually be made within two years from the date of final interment.

As an honorably discharged veteran from the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard, your estate may be entitled to:
1. A burial allowance limited to $300.00 for expenses for burial and funeral of the deceased. (This allowance will be paid only for veterans who were entitled to receive Veterans Administration pension or compensation.)
2. An allowance of $150.00 payable towards the burial plot expenses of a Veteran who is not buried in a national cemetery. (This allowance will be paid only for veterans who were entitled to receive a Veterans Administration pension or compensation.)
3. A burial flag, that can be given to next of kin or friend of deceased.
4. Bronze Memorial or headstone.
5. Presidential Memorial Certificate.

Veterans benefits are frequently altered and revised. There may also be Veterans benefits from your county. To determine your eligibility or to file your claim, write to Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20402 or call (202) 872-1151.

How to File a Claim for Veteran’s Benefits
The following forms must be submitted:
1. Veteran’s Discharge Papers
2. Certified copy of Death Certificate
3. Itemized funeral bill with receipt for payment

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