Those who served our nation in the Armed Forces deserve respect from their communities. Our national social contract to veterans includes the benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veteran’s benefits extend beyond continued medical and elder care provided by VA hospitals and nursing home facilities.
When veterans pass away, they and their families are guaranteed benefits, honors and reimbursements commensurate with their service to our country. Below is a detailed listing of benefits available to veterans, their spouses, and their children when cremation is selected for their end-of-life plans:
Reimbursement of Cremation Expenses Provided by the VA
Active duty veterans, or those honorably discharged who passed away as a result of an injury while on active duty, are entitled to a benefit equaling $2,000. Other honorably discharged veterans who passed away at a VA hospital, VA nursing home, or VA contracted health care facility are eligible for a $300 benefit for their cremation expenses.
The VA also provides a transportation allowance for the veteran to be commuted from the place of death to the cremation facility of their choice and then to interment in a National Cemetery. The veteran is eligible for interment of their cremated remains, at no cost, in a National Cemetery.