The VA offers certain benefits and services to honor our nation’s deceased veterans:
Headstones and Markers: The VA can furnish a monument to mark the unmarked grave of an eligible veteran.
Burial Flag: The VA can provide an American flag to drape an eligible veteran’s casket.
Reimbursement of Burial Expenses: Generally, the VA can pay a burial allowance of $2,000 for veterans who die of service-related causes. For certain other veterans, the VA can pay up to $600 for burial, plot and funeral expenses. A receipt showing either a “zero balance” or “paid in full” is needed for application. Claimant is whoever paid for final expenses.
Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) : is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of deceased Veterans who are eligible for burial in a national cemetery.
Burial in a VA National Cemetery: Most veterans and some dependents can be buried in a VA national cemetery.
Time Limits Burial claims must be filed within two years of the veteran’s burial.