The most important thing for a veteran to remember is that burial benefits to include the flag and the military funeral honors cannot be provided without a copy of your military discharge. Please make sure you have your discharge and that someone in your family knows where it is kept!
A burial allowance is available from the Department of Veterans Affairs if you have paid for the veteran’s funeral and have not been reimbursed by a government agency or some other source and at least one of the following exist:
- the Veteran died because of a service-related disability
- the Veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death
- the Veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay
- the Veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility
- 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
- the Veteran had an original or reopened claim pending at the time of death and has been found entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to the date or death
- the veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home.