Veteran Burial Allowance

Who can use this service?

If the burial benefit has not been automatically paid to the surviving spouse, VA will pay the first living person to file a claim of those listed below:

  1. Veteran’s surviving spouse; OR
  2. The survivor of a legal union* between the deceased Veteran and the survivor; OR
  3. The Veteran’s children, regardless of age; OR
  4. The Veteran’s parents or surviving parent; OR
  5. The executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased Veteran.

*Legal union means a formal relationship between the decedent and the survivor that existed on the date of the Veteran’s death, which was recognized under the law of the State in which the couple formalized the relationship and evidenced by the State’s issuance of documentation memorializing the relationship.

The Veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:

  1. the Veteran died as a result of a service-connected disability, OR
  2. the Veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death, OR
  3. the Veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided instead to receive his or her full military retirement or disability pay, OR
  4. the Veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility, OR
  5. the Veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment or care, OR
  6. the Veteran had an original or reopened claim for VA compensation or pension pending at the time of death and would have been entitled to benefits from a date prior to the date of death, OR
  7. the Veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA–approved state nursing home.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Frequently Asked Questions