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Burial and Survivor Benefits for Veterans

Learn about burial and survivor benefits for veterans and how to access them.

at no cost. They are also usually eligible for free memorial items including:

  • Headstones, markers, and medallions

  • Burial flag

  • Presidential Memorial Certificate

Learn .

Veterans Burial Benefits and Death Benefits at Private Cemeteries


Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe veteran’s family or representative can ), in certain cases. These include veterans receiving a VA pension or compensation. The burial allowance can help pay for burial, funeral, and transportation costs. It can't be used for cremation, which is a funeral director service. 

Eligibility for Burial in National and State Veterans Cemeteries

VA National Cemeteries

is typically open to a:

  • Veteran of the armed forces

  • Service member who died while on active duty

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtVeteran’s spouse

  • Veteran’s minor child


Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtApply in advance to .  If you do qualify, you’ll get the confirmation in a pre-need decision letter.

Arlington National Cemetery

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt is different. Only active duty, military retirees, former prisoners of war, and recipients of the Purple Heart and other top awards can be buried there. But other veterans may be eligible for above-ground inurnment. 

Spouses and minor children of eligible service members and veterans can be buried at Arlington too.

State Veterans Cemeteries

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtRequirements for burial in a state veterans cemetery are like those for VA cemeteries. They may also have residency requirements. 


Schedule a Burial for a Veteran or Family Member

Schedule a Burial at a National Cemetery

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf the veteran or spouse confirmed their eligibility in advance and received a pre-need decision letter, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-800-535-1117 to start your request. 

If eligibility was not pre-determined, that will have to happen first.

Schedule a Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

, call the ANC customer service center, 1-877-907-8585. 

Schedule a Burial at a State Veterans Cemetery

The VA does not manage burials at state, territorial, or tribal veterans cemeteries. 

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtVeterans - You can sign-up for for a limited time after you’re discharged. 

  • Survivor Benefits Plans for Military Retirees

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtYour pension ends when you die unless you sign up for a survivor (death) benefit plan when you retire. The plan offers a monthly annuity for your survivors. 

    • Active-duty retirees can enroll in the military’s .

    • Reserve and National Guard retirees can enroll in the .

    If you’re the survivor of a:

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDepartment of Defense military retiree, report the death to the

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtCoast Guard retiree, contact the

    Benefits for Survivors of Veterans

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtYou may qualify for if you are the survivor of a: 

    • Service member or veteran whose death was service-connected

    • Veteran whose total disability was service-connected but their death was not

    For more information, contact the VA.

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    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLast Updated: March 13, 2020