Funeral Benefits For Military Veterans

Funeral Benefits For Military Veterans

Most veterans are entitled to funeral benefits through the United States government. However, many family members of military veterans don’t often know that members of the U.S. military or anyone who served as a veteran and were not discharged dishonorably may be eligible for burial at a national veterans cemetery. 

Moreover, if you are interred in a private cemetery, your family may qualify for a veteran’s burial allowance. This begs the question, what else qualifies a person who served in the military eligible for funeral benefits for military veterans? 

Provisions Of Receiving Funeral Benefits 

In the U.S. military, the average annual death rate for all military services combined was 94.9 per 100,000. Setting up proper funeral benefits and death arrangements can be costly. Maximizing all your options to get proper funeral benefits means understanding its provisions.  

Qualifying for funeral benefits entails the late Veteran must have been discharged under terms other than dishonorable and meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for a VA burial allowance:

  • A service-related disability claimed the Veteran’s life.
  • The Veteran was entitled to a pension or compensation from the VA.
  • The Veteran was eligible for a VA pension or compensation, but they chose to take full military retirement or disability pay instead.
  • The Veteran died while receiving care from the VA or a non-VA facility under contract with the VA.
  • You paid for a veteran’s burial or funeral.
  • You have not received reimbursement from another government agency or a third party, such as the deceased Veteran’s workplace. 
  • The Veteran was discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • The Veteran died as a result of a service-connected disability.
  • At the time of death, the Veteran was receiving a VA pension or compensation.
  • The Veteran was eligible for a VA pension or compensation, but they chose not to lower their military retirement or disability pay.
  • The Veteran died while in a VA hospital or while receiving care at a non-VA facility under a VA contract.
  • The Veteran died while traveling to or from a specified location under valid authorization and at VA cost.

What You Need To Apply

The following are some requirements to present to qualify for eligibility for funeral benefits:

  • Acceptable death proof, as defined by 38 CFR 3.211., AND
  • Receipted bills showing that you paid in full or in part, OR
  • A statement of account, preferably on the funeral director’s or cemetery’s printed billhead. The account statement must include the following information:
  • The name of the deceased Veteran for whom the services and products were provided.
  • The nature and cost of the services and products and all credit.
  • The amount of the unpaid balance, if any.

When you serve in the military, you should be aware of the process for applying for eligibility to receive funeral benefits. Look through our resources at PA Guard to learn more about the benefits, rights, and financial assistance available to veterans from the U.S. government.

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