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Department of Veterans

VA BURIAL ALLOWANCES

Burial and Plot-Interment Allowances

What Are VA Burial Allowances?
VA burial allowances are partial reimbursements of an eligible veteran’s burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is not service-related, the reimbursements are generally described as two payments: (1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot interment allowance.
Who Is Eligible?

You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:

you paid for a veteran’s burial or funeral AND
you have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased veteran’s employer and
the veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:

the veteran died because of a service-related disability or
the veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death or
the veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay or
the veteran died in a VA hospital, in a nursing home under VA contract, or while in an approved state nursing home.

How Much Does VA Pay?

Service-Related Death.
VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001. VA will pay up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 10, 2001. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.
Nonservice-Related Death.
VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses, and a $300 plot-interment allowance for deaths on or after December 1, 2001. The plot-interment allowance is $150 for deaths prior to December 1, 2001. If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under VA contracted nursing home care, some or all of the costs for transporting the deceased’s remains may be reimbursed.

How Can You Apply?

You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Benefits. You should attach proof of the veteran’s military service (DD 214), a death certificate, and copies of funeral and burial bills you have paid.

Related Benefits

Burial in VA National Cemeteries
Headstones and Markers
Presidential Memorial Certificates
Burial Flags
For More Information, Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000
or Visit http://www.cem.va.gov for more information.
Compensation & Pension Service – April 2006