Veterans Death Benefits
At Flanner Buchanan, we honor our veterans by assisting their families to apply for all veterans death benefits, Social Security benefits and life insurance benefits.
However, veterans death benefits are not paid automatically. You must contact the Veterans Administration. Our staff can assist you.
If you are unsure about your benefits or your eligibility for them, do not hesitate to contact us.
Here is some helpful information from the VA website:
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:
- a burial and funeral expense allowance, and
- a plot or interment allowance.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible you must be a veteran discharged or separated from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, and have completed the required period of service. U.S. Armed Forces members who die on active duty are also eligible, as well as spouses and dependent children of eligible living and deceased veterans, and of current and deceased armed forces members.
How Do You Apply?
We will assist you with the forms needed to apply to the Veterans Administration for the benefits on the Veteran’s behalf. Generally, we will need a copy of the Veteran’s honorable discharge (DD-214). A Death Certificate for the application process.
How Much Does the VA Pay?
For a Service-Related Death, VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001, or up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 11, 2001. If the Veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.
For a Non-service-Related Death, VA will pay up to $749 toward burial and funeral expenses for deaths on or after October 1, 2016 (if hospitalized by VA at time of death), or $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (if not hospitalized by VA at time of death), and a $749 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national cemetery). For deaths on or after December 1, 2001, but before October 1, 2011, VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot-interment allowance. For deaths on or after April 1, 1988 but before October 1, 2011, VA will pay $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (for Veterans hospitalized by VA at the time of death).