A Summary of Veteran’s Burial Benefits
Veteran’s burial benefits are not automatic. They must be applied for and the application must include supporting documentation including a copy of the death certificate, discharge papers (DD-214), and a copy of paid funeral bill and receipt. We can assist you with the application process.
All honorably discharged veterans are eligible for:
- An interment flag (to drape the casket prior to burial and presented to the closest next-of-kin).
- Military graveside honors (which may or may not include a rifle team, bugler, and officer to present the flag).
- A headstone or grave marker (either flat granite or a bronze plate) to mark the grave. The V.A. does not pay for installation or foundation costs.
Burial in a National Cemetery: including the cemetery lot, opening and closing of the grave, and a concrete graveliner, as well as a grave marker. This benefit is also available for the spouse of the veteran, as well as any dependent children. In Michigan, we are served by Fort Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek and Great Lakes National Cemetery near Flint.
Additional local benefits may be available for wartime veterans (even if your service was stateside). Eligibility dates are very specific and would be verified against your discharge. Generally, for wartime veteran’s, a $300 death benefit is available from your local County Solider & Sailors Relief Commission. This benefit is based on an asset limit of $40,000.00 (not including the value of your home or life insurance payable to a family member). A financial questionnaire is required as part of the application. This benefit may also be payable for the funeral expenses of the spouse of a veteran.
Veteran’s in receipt of a disability pension from a service-connected injury or disability, are generally also eligible for an additional $300 burial allowance, as well as reimbursement of up to $300 for cemetery costs (plot allowance) if burial is not in a federal or state owned cemetery. The “plot allowance” is also available for cremation costs.
Veteran’s dying in a V.A. hospital, while traveling under prior authorization by the V.A. for medical treatment, or in another facility under contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (such as the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans), may also be eligible for reimbursement of transportation costs of returning the body home.
As owner of the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, Robert Christiansen has pledged that he will provide a dignified burial for every honorably discharged veteran... regardless of lack of financial resources or the family’s inability to pay.
By bringing our funeral home to you and utilizing your church, fraternal hall, or cemetery chapel for ceremonies, your family will typically save more than 40% of the cost of using a traditional mortuary.