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Veterans death benefits

A veterans burial allowance helps pay for transportation, funeral, and burial costs for an eligible veteran. If you qualify, the VA will repay a fixed amount for these costs.

Eligibility for a veterans burial allowance

To receive these VA burial benefits, you and the veteran must meet all eligibility requirements.

The veteran must have:

  • Not been dishonorably discharged
  • Also met another condition including: 
    • Receiving care from a VA facility, or 
    • Receiving a VA pension, or
    • Dying from a service-connected disability

You must have:

  • Paid for the burial, transportation, or funeral costs
  • Been a close relative to the veteran or managed their estate

How to apply for veteran death benefits

Follow the VA's process to apply online for a veteran burial allowance.

LAST UPDATED: December 6, 2023


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