Burial Benefits

Deceased Veterans that served on active duty at least one day before September 6, 1980 and 24 consecutive months after September 7, 1980 are eligible for burial benefits. Veterans discharged under “dishonorable” conditions do not qualify. Reservists and National Guard members are eligible if they were entitled to retired pay at the time of death or would be at the age of 60.

Veteran Cemetery

Burial in VA National Cemeteries

Burial in national cemeteries is available for eligible veterans, their spouses and dependents under the age of 23 at no cost to the family.

Headstone Markers

Veterans, active duty members, retired reservists, and National Guard members are eligible for an inscribed headstone or marker delivered at no cost anywhere in the world. Spouses and dependent children are eligible only if they are buried in a national or state veterans cemetery.

Burial Flags

Veterans who served during war time, or after Jan 31, 1955, and are entitled to retired pay, will be furnished a United States burial flag.

Burial Expenses & Allowances

Veterans Affairs will pay an allowance of up to $2000 if the veteran’s death is connected to military disabilities. Claims must be filed within 2 years of the veterans’ death.

Plot Allowance

If the veteran was discharged from active duty because of disabilities, was receiving compensation, pension, or retired pay, or died in a Veterans Affairs facility, then Veterans Affairs will pay a $300 plot allowance for any veteran buried in a cemetery not under United States government jurisdiction.

Bereavement Counseling

Counseling provided by the Veterans Affairs Vet Centers to all family members including spouses, children, parents and siblings of service members who die on active duty. The nearest vet center is in Charlotte, NC. Call 202-273-9116 or email vet.center@va.gov.