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Notifying The Veteran’s Administration – Burial Insurance
If your loved one was receiving monthly payments already, you will need to notify the Veteran’s Administration of the death. Additionally, if your loved one was a veteran who received a discharge other than dishonorable, survivors may get $300 toward funeral expenses and $150 for burial costs. Of course, burial in a national cemetery is free to a veteran, spouse, and/or dependent children. Additionally, if you choose to have your loved one buried in a national cemetery, there are other free benefits.
Contact The Veteran’s Administration To Notify For Survivor’s Assistance
By calling the VA at 1-800-827-1000 you can:
- Check on the status of your claim.
- Obtain tax documentation.
- Notify VBA of the death of a veteran or a benefit recipient.
- Request information on burial and mortuary benefits.
- Learn about benefits available to surviving family members.
- Much, much more.
To obtain a copy of your loved one’s service record (DD-214) please contact the National Archives.
Burial benefits include a grave in any of the Veteran’s Administration’s national cemeteries with available space, the opening and closing of the grave, a Government headstone or marker, perpetual care, a burial flag, a grave liner and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, all at no cost to the family. The surviving spouse and dependent children of disabled veterans may also be entitled to a lump sum death benefit, monthly payments, such as educational assistance and medical care.
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Who is eligible for the Veteran’s Administration final expense benefits?
- Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces: Those who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard. Also, any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who died on active duty. Any veteran who was discharged had to be done so under conditions other than dishonorable. Additionally, any citizen of the United States who, during any war in which the United States engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any Government allied with the United States.
- Members of Reserve Components and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: This includes members of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps of the Army, Navy, or Air Force who die under certain honorable conditions while attending an authorized training camp or on an authorized cruise. Any members that became disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred in line of duty are also eligible.
- Commissioned Officers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: A Commissioned Officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly titled the Coast and Geodetic Survey and the Environmental Science Services Administration) with full-time duty on or after July 29, 1945 is eligible. Also, those officers who were assigned to an area of immediate military hazard as determined by the Secretary of Defense while in time of war, or served in the Philippine Islands on December 7, 1941.
- Public Health Service: A Commissioned Officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service who served on full-time duty on or after July 29, 1945.
- World War II Merchant Mariners: United States Merchant Mariners who served on blockships in support of Operation Mulberry during World War II.
- The Philippine Armed Forces: Any Philippine Veteran who was a citizen of the United States at the time of their death, and resided in the United States at the time of their death.
- Spouses and Dependents: The spouse of a veteran is eligible for interment in a national cemetery even if that veteran is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery.
- Parents: Either biological or adoptive parents, who died after October 13, 2010, and whose biological or adoptive child was a service member whose death was the result of a hostile casualty or a training-related injury, and who is buried in a national cemetery, in a grave site with available space for additional burials. Also, if at the time of the parent’s death, he/she had no spouse, surviving spouse, or child who is buried, they mayupon death may be eligible for burial in a national cemetery.