VA Burial Benefits
Monetary reimbursement of burial expenses may be paid by the VA in
the form of VA burial allowances, which are PARTIAL reimbursements of
an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs.
a. Who Is Eligible?
You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
- you paid for a veteran's burial or funeral, AND
- you have not been reimbursed by another government agency or
some other source, such as the deceased veteran's employer,
- the veteran was discharged under Honorable
Conditions or, General Under Honorable Conditions.
In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
- The veteran died because of a service-related disability,
- the veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time
- the veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or
compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement
or disability pay,
- the veteran died while hospitalized by
VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA
- the veteran died while traveling under proper
authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the
purpose of examination, treatment or care,
- the veteran had
an original or reopened claim pending at the time of death and has
been found entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to
the date of death, OR
- the veteran died on or after
October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing
b. How Much Does VA Pay?
Service-Related Death. VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial
expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001. VA will pay up
to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 10, 2001. If the veteran is
buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of
transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.
Non-Service-Related Death. For deaths on or after October 1,
2011, VA will pay up to $700 toward burial and funeral expenses if
hospitalized by VA at time of death, or $300 toward burial and
funeral expenses if not hospitalized by VA at time of death, and a
$700 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national
cemetery). For deaths on or after December 1, 2001, but before
October 1, 2011, VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral
expenses and a $300 plot-interment allowance. The plot-interment
allowance is $150 for deaths prior to December 1, 2001. If the death
happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under VA
contracted nursing home care, some or all of the costs for
transporting the veteran's remains may be reimbursed. An annual
increase in burial and plot allowances, for deaths occurring after
October 1, 2011, begins in fiscal year 2013 based on the Consumer
Price Index for the preceding 12-month period.
NOTE: The above pay information is current as of December 26,
2013. Contact the VA at 800-827-1000 for current burial expense pay information.
c. How Can You Apply?
Contact Tarrant County Veteran Services for assistance in applying
for VA burial reimbursement by calling 817-531-5645.
d. Burial in a VA National Cemetery
The VA will provide burial in a National Cemetery to an honorably
discharged veteran and their spouse. There is no charge for the plot,
opening or closing of the grave, or the marker. Arrangements CAN NOT
be made in advance for burial in a National Cemetery. At the time of
need, the funeral director or the family should contact the National
Cemetery to arrange for services. An honor guard for the veteran can
be requested. Contact the Dallas/Ft Worth National Cemetery at
214-467-3374 for more information. Their website is www.cem.va.gov/CEM/Cems/nchp/dallasftworth.asp
You will need the veteran's military discharge document/DD Form 214 in
order to make burial arrangements.
e. Other VA Burial Benefits
Go to the following websites for information on other burial benefits:
Contact the VA at 1-800-827-1000 for more information.