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Suffolk County, NY Veterans' Benefits Blog

Monday, March 25, 2013

Burial and Memorial

Veterans discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and servicemembers who die while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, as well as spouses and dependent children of Veterans and active duty servicemembers, may be eligible for VA burial and memorial benefits including burial in a national cemetery, a headstone to mark the grave of a Veteran interred in a private cemetery or a Presidential Memorial Certificate for loved ones. The Veteran does not have to die before a spouse or dependent child can be eligible.

Burial in VA National Cemeteries:   Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for eligible Veterans, their spouses and dependents at no cost to the family and includes the gravesite, grave-liner, opening and closing of the grave, a headstone or marker, and perpetual care as part of a national shrine

Burial Flags:  Generally, VA will furnish a U.S. burial flag to memorialize Veterans who received anything other than dishonorable discharge. Also eligible for a burial flag are Veterans who were entitled to retired pay for service in the Reserve or National Guard, or would have been entitled if over age 60; and members or former members of the Selected Reserve who served their initial obligation, or were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or died while a member of the Selected Reserve.

Private Cemeteries: To submit a claim for a headstone, marker or medallion for use in a private cemetery, mail a completed VA Form 40-1330 Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker (available at www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-1330.pdf), and a copy of the Veteran's military discharge document to Memorial Programs Service (41A1), Department of Veterans Affairs, 5109 Russell Road., Quantico, VA 22134-3903.

Burial Allowance:   VA will pay a $300 burial and funeral allowance for Veterans who, at time of death, were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled if they were not receiving military retirement pay.

Military Funeral Honors:   Upon request, DoD will provide military funeral honors consisting of folding and the presenting of the United States flag and the playing of "Taps." A funeral honors detail consists of two or more uniformed members of the armed forces, with at least one member from the deceased's branch of service.




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