Our staff will discuss with you how you can take advantage of Veterans’ death, funeral, cremation and burial benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does an excellent job providing Veterans burial benefits if you use a VA National Cemetery for burial. However, the VA, does not provide or pay for funeral or cremation arrangements, transportation or military honors, all of which can be arranged with our personnel at Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes.
Veterans burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of the 131 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran’s headstone, at a minimal cost to the family. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.
FOR BURIAL IN A PRIVATE CEMETERY
Benefits for Veterans buried in a private cemetery may include a Government headstone, marker or medallion, a burial flag and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for burial allowances. There are not any VA benefits available to spouses and dependents buried in a private cemetery.
PREPARING IN ADVANCE
Gravesites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance. You should advise your family of your wishes and where your discharge papers* are kept. These papers are very important in establishing your eligibility.
MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS
“Honoring Those Who Served” is the title of the Department of Defense (DOD) program for providing dignified military funeral honors to Veterans who have defended our nation.
Upon the family’s request, Public Law 106-65 requires that every eligible Veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps. The law defines a military funeral honors detail as consisting of two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the veteran’s parent service of the armed forces. The DOD program calls for funeral home directors to request military funeral honors on behalf of the Veterans’ family.