Survivors of any person, who was an active or retired member of the military at time of death, or an honorably discharged veteran, could be eligible for a number of benefits, including:
- An American flag (usually drapes the casket).
- Burial in a National Cemetery.
- Flat bronze, flat marble, flat granite, or upright marble markers.
A lump sum payment of $300.00 is usually available to families of those veterans that were entitled to receive VA compensation or pension at time of death (such as retirees), or veterans who died while a registered patient in a VA hospital or other accredited VA facility. If one of these circumstances applies and a National Cemetery is not utilized, up to $300.00 could be reimbursed as a plot or interment allowance (requires proof of payment to a non-VA cemetery. Private cemeteries usually assist you by filing this benefit in your behalf). For veterans who die of a service connected disability, the VA could pay an allowance to reimburse funeral costs of $1500.00 or less (no additional VA death benefits would be available). Active duty military personnel are usually entitled to a greater amount, which can vary.
If not remarried, the surviving spouse is eligible for burial in the National Cemetery.
Dependent children of the veteran are also eligible.
There is no time limit for when a family may apply for a marker. For VA Assistance and Information, you can reach them by phone at 1-800-827-1000 or CLICK HERE to visit their website.