Does the Department of Veterans Affairs Cover all funeral and cremation costs?
The burial benefits given by the Veterans Affairs to a deceased veteran come in different forms. Veterans and their surviving families may be qualified for financial benefits, honorary recognitions, unique funerary goods, and services. However, it is very imperative that these veterans’ benefits are fully understood because they may not cover the entire funeral costs of a veteran’s final arrangements.
What documents are needed to verify a Veteran’s Military Service?
A copy of the “Report of Separation” or also known as “discharge papers” is required for the verification of military service to determine the Veterans eligibility to claim their benefits. Most veterans who served the military onwards 1949 received DD Form 214 as from of their service.
Are Burial Flags need to be requested from the Department of Veterans Affairs?
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides free Burial Flag to drape the casket of an eligible veteran. Generally, the United States Flag is handed to the deceased veteran’s next of kin, and only one can be provided. A VA Form 27-2008 or known as “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” must be submitted together with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers to the nearest VA regional office and most U.S. Post Offices. Generally, Burial Flags are provided at burial ceremonies national cemeteries.
Do I need an appointment to schedule Military Funeral Honors Ceremonies?
Yes, an eligible veteran is entitled to receive military funeral honors ceremony upon the family’s request. This ceremony has been a tradition which is entitled “Honoring Those Who Served.” Includes detail of at least two uniformed military personnel, the playing of the taps, and lastly, presentation of the burial flag next of kin of the deceased veteran.
Are veteran’s caskets free?
No, the VA does not, nor any branches of the military provide free caskets for a deceased veteran. They will only provide free caskets for military personnel who died on active duty. Also, any type of funeral goods and services incurred from mortuaries must be paid privately.
What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?
It is a program that President John F. Kennedy initiated in March 1962. It is a signed document given by the current president as proof of honorable discharge to deceased veterans. Certificates can be requested by sending VA Form 40-0247 and copies of the veteran’s discharge documentation and death certificate.