Burial Benefits for Veterans
Most U.S. veterans are eligible for burial and memorial benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
National Cemetery Administration. Burial at a National Cemetery or a Private Cemetery Note: The Army, not the VA, operates Arlington National Cemetery. Schedule a Burial
schedule a burial at a VA national cemetery:
Fax all discharge documentation to 1-866-900-6417 or email it to NCA.Scheduling@va.gov Call 1-800-535-1117. Be prepared to state the cemetery of choice, the type of religious emblem for the headstone, the funeral director's contact information, and other information listed in Step 2 on the Schedule a Burial page.
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Life Insurance and Survivor Benefits for Servicemembers and Veterans Life Insurance
If you are in the military, you are automatically signed up for
servicemembers life insurance. You can purchase veterans life insurance for a limited time after you are discharged. Survivor Benefits Plan for Military Retirees
Your pension ends when you die unless you sign up for the Survivor Benefit Plan when you retire.
If you are the survivor of a Department of Defense military retiree, promptly
report the death to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). If you are the survivor of a Coast Guard retiree, contact the Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center. Benefits for Survivors of Veterans
You may qualify for
(VA) survivor benefits if: You are the survivor of a servicemember or veteran whose death is service-related. You are the dependent of a servicemember or veteran whose total disability is service-related.
You may also qualify for
CHAMPVA. It is a health care program in which the VA shares the costs of services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.
If you are a Survivor Benefit Plan beneficiary, you may also be eligible for VA benefits.
For more information,
contact the VA.
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135 national cemeteries maintained by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) across the United States. Typically, military personnel who died on active duty, veterans, and their spouses and dependents are eligible to be buried in a national cemetery. VA also has a gravesite locator if you need to find the burial location of a veteran.
The most famous national cemetery—
Arlington National Cemetery—is maintained by the U.S. Army and has different eligibility requirements from those maintained by VA.
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Last Updated: March 21, 2018