of Burial Expenses
VA will pay a burial allowance up to $2,000 if the veteran’s
death is service-connected. In such cases, the person who bore the veteran’s burial expenses may claim reimbursement
In some cases, VA will pay the cost of transporting
the remains of a service-connected veteran to the nearest national cemetery with available gravesites. There is no time limit
for filing reimbursement claims in service-connected death cases.
Allowance: VA will pay a $300 burial and funeral allowance for veterans who, at time of death, were entitled to receive
pension or compensation or would have been entitled if they weren’t receiving military retirement pay. Eligibility also
may be established when death occurs in a VA facility, a VA-contracted nursing home or a state veterans nursing home. In non
service-connected death cases, claims must be filed within two years after burial or cremation.
Plot Allowance: VA will pay a $300 plot allowance when a veteran is buried in
a cemetery not under U.S. government jurisdiction if: the veteran was discharged from active duty because of disability incurred
or aggravated in the line of duty; the veteran was receiving compensation or pension or would have been if the veteran was
not receiving military retired pay; or the veteran died in a VA facility.
The $300 plot
allowance may be paid to the state for the cost of a plot or interment in a state-owned cemetery reserved solely for veteran
burials if the veteran is buried without charge. Burial expenses paid by the deceased’s employer or a state agency will
not be reimbursed.