The Veteran's Administration offers an expansive array of benefits to veterans. They even offer benefits once the veteran has passed away. Two common burial benefits available in Arizona and New Mexico are as follows:
The VA will provide reimbursement for some veterans' funeral and burial expenses. The maximum reimbursement will not, in most cases, cover the entire amount; however, it does defray some of the cost. The types of allowable expenses even include the cost of the final resting place of the remains. If the veteran's death occurred as a result of a service-connected disability, the burial allowance is much higher. In most cases a claim for this benefit must be filed within two years of the date of the veteran's death.
Veterans can be laid to rest in a veteran cemetery. The most famous of these is Arlington National. While most veterans are unable to be buried in Arlington, they can be buried in other federal veteran cemeteries or even state-run veteran cemeteries. In Arizona, we have the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, and Prescott National Cemetery. Eligible spouses and dependents may also be buried in these cemeteries.
To obtain the benefits enumerated above, a person must submit an application to the VA (forms are available online) with a copy of the veteran's death certificate as well as a copy of the veteran's discharge paperwork.
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Contributed by attorney Katherine A. O'Connell