US military veterans are entitled to several death benefits from the Veterans Association (VA), though some aren’t aware of what is available to them.
Many Americans say it’s important to have their end-of-life wishes known, but most of them do not do so until a health crisis occurs. The same goes for military members. It makes sense for military members to begin an end-of-life plan, just as it does for all healthy adults. Doing so alleviates frustration and confusion that family members face when they only have a couple days to make important decisions.
That’s why we’re holding the free event, On Behalf of a Grateful Nation: VA death benefits & end-of-life planning for veterans and their spouses on June 15 in Manchester from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 at 243 Hanover St., Manchester, NH.
We will explain burial and cremation options and covered veterans benefits including:
- VA cash benefits for reimbursement of burial expenses
- Burial plot allowance
- Military honors
- Headstone or marker
- Burial in a national cemetery, the NH State Veterans Cemetery or the VT State Veterans Cemetery
- Active duty or service connected death
- Non-service-connected death in any health facility
Veterans planning ahead
Planning ahead is important as there are a lot of things involved in end-of-life planning including:
- Cremation or burial
- Large wake or small family gathering
- Church service
- Burial in a veterans cemetery
- Scatter the remains at sea
There are a lot of questions, which is why it makes sense to at the very least write down some wishes and let loved ones know where they can find them when the time comes.
Our funeral directors handle all details for veterans’ cremation, funeral and burial arrangements, including:
- Applying for monetary benefits from the VA
- Scheduling and arranging military honors
- Coordinating with federal and state VA cemeteries
- Obtaining a flag for the service
- Ordering the veteran’s cemetery marker
We’ll detail all veterans’ death benefits at the event. RSVP here as seating is limited.