Committed to Veterans
Unfortunately, sometimes our nation's heroes die with no known next-of-kin or insufficient resources. While VA's goal is to help Veterans and their loved ones before they die or become indigent, sometimes Veterans outlive both their families and their financial means. Sometimes too, Veterans never seek the help they earned from the VA, so we don't know they are out there. As hard as the VA works to avoid this, and as difficult as it is to accept, at least now we can help ensure that Veterans who pass are given the dignified burials they deserve.
If death has occurred:
- Have facility where death occurred or hospice nurse call 1-817-319-3588 to request our care team take your loved one into our personal care.
- Bring to the appointment your loved one's social security card, driver's license and separation papers (DD-214) from the military.
- We will help plan the final arrangements of your loved one with respect and compassion they deserve.
What all veterans should know
- Burial benefits available include a graveside in any of our 134 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances.
- Service Related Death
If the Veteran died on or after September 11, 2001, the maximum service-connected burial allowance is $2,000.
- Non service related death
If the Veteran died on or after October 1, 20215, VA will pay a $300 burial allowance and $747 for a plot.
- Veteran's caskets are not provided unless death occurs while on active duty.
- If you choose not to be buried in VA National Cemetery, monetary burial benefits are limited.
It is our personal mission to make certain every Veteran's patriotic service to our country is honored. We are privileged and honored to support the brave men and women who served our country to protect our rights and freedoms as American citizens. The brave men and women who served our country both in wartime and peace deserve our respect and admiroation. Every individual who proudly wore the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces did their part to make us the greatest nation on earth. The freedoms we cherish today are the result of the sacrifices they made when they answered their country's call to serve. God Bless the Veterans and their service to our country and God Bless America!