How much does VA pay?

Burial Allowances

The information below was taken from the US department of Veterans Affairs web site

Burial, Headstone & Plot Rate Table

SERVICE CONNECTED BURIAL *$2,000
NON-SERVICE CONNECTED BURIAL (Veteran dies while hospitalized by VA) *$700
NON-SERVICE CONNECTED VETERANS (Indigent or Veterans not hospitalized by VA) *$300
STATE CEMETERY *$700
PLOT ALLOWANCE *$700

Note 3: The PL 111-275 allows increase from $300 to $700 for Veterans who die while properly hospitalized by VA. For non-service-connected burial for indigent or Veterans not properly hospitalized by VA, the burial reimbursement remains $300. The increases from $300 to $700 will apply to deaths occurring on or after October 1, 2011. The first opportunity for an annual increase (i.e., cost-of-living adjustment) is October 1, 2012.

HOW CAN YOU APPLY?
You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Benefits. You should attach a
copy of the Veteran’s military discharge document (DD 214 or equivalent), death certificate, funeral
and burial bills. They should show that you have paid them in full. You may download the form at
http://www.va.gov/vaforms/

1 – Pay out of Pocket

2 – Children Pay
Advantage

Disadvantage

3 – Local Funeral Home
Advantage

Disadvantage

4 – Veteran Final Expense
Advantage

Disadvantage