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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:         

  • 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

1.  All of the following must be

2.  At least one of the following  is 
  • 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 If the veteran died on or after 9/1/2001, the maximum service-connected burial allowance is $2,000.  If the veteran died before 9/11/2001, the maximum service-connected burial allowance is $1,500. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, VA may reimburse some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased veteran's remains.
Non service related death VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses
and a $745 plot internment allowance.  If the death happened while the veteran was hospitalized by the VA, the burial allowance is $745 and plot allowance is $745 and the costs for transporting the veterans's remains 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 Officers is available to discuss Burial Allowance benefits or any veterans' related issue with you.  


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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