My Spouse Who Was A Veteran Has Died. Will The Department Of Veterans Affairs Help Me Cover The Cost Of The Funeral And Burial?

Generally, the Department will cover the costs of burial.  However, funeral costs will most likely be left up to those who survive a veteran.  The Department can provide headstones and markers for burial and an American flag to drape across the casket of the deceased and can reimburse the survivors of a deceased veteran for expenses related to burial.  For veterans who died as a result of their service the Department can give an allowance of up to $2,000.  For other veterans the allowance will be up to $300.  Additionally, most veterans and some dependents of veterans can be buried in national cemeteries.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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