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As a service to US Veterans, Affordable Cremation Solutions has compiled information relating to Veterans Administration benefits available for reimbursement of cremation expenses. In addition, we have included options for memorialization of cremated remains in VA National Cemeteries. For more specific information about cremation benefits and options for final disposition, please contact us. Please note that interment options described relate only to cremation. Contact the VA for death benefits related to full body burial.
A. $300 is available for honorably discharged veterans if one of the following conditions is met:
B. $2,000 is available if one of the following conditions is met:
There is no charge for interment of cremated remains in a national cemetery. Cremated remains may be interred in either an in-ground grave, a garden niche, or placed in a columbarium depending upon the family's preference. Please note that not all national cemeteries provide for each of these three interment options.
Normally, all that is required to make these arrangements is a copy of the official military discharge document or a Form DD 214. You will need to forward the required documentation to the cemetery director and a tentative date for interment will be set. Cremated remains may not be delivered to the cemetery until interment eligibility is verified and the arrangements are confirmed.
Once these arrangements are confirmed, the cremated remains may either be hand delivered to the cemetery by the family or Custom Cremations or shipped directly to the cemetery office via US Postal Service.
Please note that memorialization in a national cemetery is available only on an at-need basis at the time of death. Eligible veterans may not reserve burial or niche space in a national cemetery on a pre-need basis.
C. $300 Burial Plot Allowance is available when an honorably discharged veteran is not interred in a cemetery that is under the jurisdiction of
the U.S. government if one of the following conditions is met:
D. Transportation Allowance for deceased veterans will be reimbursed by the VA for:
Many families of deceased veterans take advantage of interment benefits available through the Veterans Administration National Cemetery System. FREE gravespace for interment of cremated remains is available in any one of a number of VA national cemeteries located throughout the country.
All honorably discharged veterans, their spouses and minor children who have been cremated are eligible for interment in a national cemetery. In addition, certain members of the Reserve Component of the Armed Forces, World War II Merchant Marines and Commissioned Officers of NOAA and the Public Health Service may also be eligible. For a complete listing of eligibility requirements, contact your local veterans affairs office or visit the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery System Web Site.
Section 578 of the National Defense Act provides free military honors for eligible veterans whose families request them. The law includes a basic military funeral honor ceremony consisting of the folding and presentation of the American flag and the playing of Taps. The military detail performing this ceremony will consist of two or more uniformed members of the military with at least one member representing the branch in which the veteran served. Each military branch may also include additional elements of the ceremony such as a rifle volley. For more information about military honors, you may visit the Department of Defense web site.
If burial of the cremated remains takes place in a national cemetery, the VA will provide a free granite or marble headstone or a granite, marble, or bronze marker. If burial takes place in a private cemetery, the VA will provide a free headstone consistent with the cemetery requirements. For veterans whose cremated remains have been scattered, a memorial monument is available.
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