The VA burial allowance is a partial reimbursement of burial and funeral costs. You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
- You paid for a veteran's burial or funeral; and
- You were not reimbursed by another government agency or some other source such as the deceased veteran's employer; and
- The veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
- The veteran died because of a service-related disability;
- The veteran was either receiving or entitled to receive a VA pension or compensation at the time of death;
- The veteran died in a VA hospital or in a nursing home under VA contract.
For service-related deaths the VA pays up to $2,000 toward burial expenses. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.
For non service-related deaths, the VA pays up to $300 toward burial, funeral expenses and a $300 plot interment allowance. If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under contracted nursing home care, the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.
To apply complete VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Allowance, available at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-530a-ARE.pdf. You must apply within two years of death and will need a copy of the deceased's military discharge, death certificate and paid funeral and burial bills.