Reimbursement of Burial Expenses and Allowances

Reimbursement of Burial Expenses: 

VA will pay a burial allowance up to $2,000 if the Veteran's death is service-connected.  In such cases, the person who bore the Veteran's burial expenses may claim reimbursement from VA.

In some cases, VA will pay the cost of transporting the remains of a Veteran whose death was service-connected to the nearest national cemetery with available grave sites.  There is no time limit for filing reimbursement claims in service-connected death cases.

Burial Allowance:

VA will pay a $300 burial and funeral allowance for Veterans who, at time of death, were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled if they were not receiving military retirement pay.  Eligibility also may be established when death occurs in a VA facility, a VA-contracted nursing home or a State Veterans nursing home.  In cases in which the Veteran's death was not service-connected, claims must be filed within two years after burial or cremation.

Plot Allowance:

VA will pay a $300 plot allowance when a Veteran is buried in a cemetery not under U.S. government jurisdiction if:  the Veteran was discharged from active duty because of disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty; the Veteran was receiving compensation or pension or would have been if the Veteran was not receiving military retired pay; or the Veteran died in a VA facility.

The $300 plot allowance may be paid to the state for the cost of a plot or interment in state-owned cemetery reserved solely for Veteran burials if the Veteran is buried without charge.  Burial expenses paid by the deceased's employer or a state agency will not be reimbursed.

Transportation Allowance:

If death occurs in a VA Hospital or a designated facility, a Transportation Allowance is provided for transportation of the deceased from the VA Hospital, to funeral home, to the final resting place.

Erie County Burial Allowance:

Wartime Veterans Burial Allowance $75

Wartime Widow's Burial Allowance $75

Marker Allowance $

Marker Installation $35 

Marker Lettering $35

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Veterans Overview

Reimbursement of Burial Expenses and Allowances

Veterans Headstones

Veterans Burial Flags

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