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Veterans Benefits

Please note that while the Veterans Administration does not provide any payment for funeral services, there are several benefits and recognition markers that veterans may be eligible to receive. Below you will find a list of all such standard benefit offerings. In some cases, you will need to apply to qualify; all necessary application forms may be found here.

VA Cash Benefits For Reimbursement of Burial Expenses

$300 is available for an honorably-discharged veteran, IF: they were receiving a pension or disability benefits from the VA at the time of death; or the death occurred in a VA hospital, or VA-contracted health care facility.

Active Duty or Service Connected Death

$2,000 is available IF: the veteran died during active duty; or an honorably-discharged veteran died of a service-connected injury.

Burial Plot Allowance

$300 is available for an honorably-discharged veteran not interred in a cemetery that is under the jurisdiction of the US government, IF: the veteran was receiving a pension or disability benefits from the VA at the time of death; the death occurred in a VA hospital, or VA-contracted health care facility.

Transportation Allowance

Transportation allowance will be reimbursed by the VA for transportation expenses from the place of death to the funeral home and to the cemetery for a veteran who died in a VA hospital, or VA-contracted health care facility.

Military Honors

Generally consists of taps and a flag folding detail performance by military personnel from the branch of service served.

US Flag

An honorably-discharged veteran is entitled to a US flag provided by the Veterans Administration.

Headstone or Marker

In a national or state veteran’s cemetery, a veteran, spouse and dependent children receive a free headstone. For burial in a private cemetery, a simple marker for veterans ONLY will be provided.

Burial in a National Cemetery

Free grave space is available for a veteran, spouse and dependent children.

Burial in the NH State Veterans Cemetery

While not part of the National Cemetery System, the NH State Veterans Cemetery, in Boscawen, provides free burial space for veterans. A spouse and dependent children may also be interred in the cemetery for a fee of $350. Eligibility is consistent with National Cemetery rules. Interment space cannot be reserved in advance. Veterans may pre-apply to confirm eligibility.

Questions?

We will notify the Veterans Administration at the time of death, however if you have specific questions concerning eligibility claims and benefits you may visit the VA website or contact:

Veterans Administration Regional Office
275 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 666-7785

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