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Department of Veteran's Services


Burial Allowance Benefits                                                                       Soldier Salute

What is a VA Burial Allowance?
Who is Eligible?
How Much Does VA Pay?
     - Service-Related Death

     - Non-service Related Death
Related Benefits?
How Do I Apply?
How Do I get more help or more information?

What is a VA Burial Allowance ?

A VA burial allowance is a partial reimbursement of an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is not service-related, the reimbursement is generally described as two (2) payments:         

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  • Burial and funeral expense allowance

  • Plot interment allowance

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Who is Eligible?
    
You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if you meet both of the following
       requirements:

  
1.  All of the following must be
 true:


  2.  At least one of the following  is 
 true:

  • you paid for a veteran's burial or funeral  

  • 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 conditions other than dishonorable.
  • the veteran died because of a service-related disability 

  • the veteran was getting VA pension or compensation at the time of death 

  • 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 in a VA hospital or while in a nursing home under VA contract
   

How Much Does VA Pay ?

 

Service-related death VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.
Non service related death VA will pay up to $500 toward burial and funeral expenses
and a $300 plot internment allowance.  If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under contracted nursing home care, the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed. 

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Related Benefits?  

  • Burial in VA National Cemeteries, Headstones and Markers

  • Presidential Memorial Certificates Burial Flags

 

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How Do I  Apply ?

Veterans Service Representatives are available to assist you with burial, survivors’ or any veterans' benefits. 

You will need the following to apply for VA Burial benefits:

  • Proof of the veteran's military service (DD 214)

  • Death certificate

  • Copies of funeral and burial bills you have paid. 

 

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How do I get Help or More Information?

One of our Veterans Service Representatives is available to discuss Burial Allowance benefits or any veterans' related issue with you.  

Contact:


Department of Veteran Services
1101 Beach St.
Flint, MI  48502
(810) 257-3068

Hours:  Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 11:45 am
 and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 

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