Veteran Death Benefits

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The military likes to honor every veteran, whether they die on the job or after they retire. Most family members aren't aware of the death benefits or how they can apply for them. Fortunately, a funeral director can help you with all the related paperwork and guide you through the application process.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we have handled veteran funerals several times over the past few years. Here’s a look at some of the death benefits and other such privileges for you to consider:

What to Expect

Most veterans receive full military funeral honors and all associated items. People are eligible for these benefits whether they are buried at one of the national cemeteries, private cemeteries, or cremated. As long as they have a clean service record and were never dishonorably discharged, they can also apply for burial in one of the national cemeteries. Burial at the Arlington cemetery has some special conditions and you can contact the relevant authorities to know more about it.

What are the Benefits?

Almost every veteran is eligible for full military honors, free of cost. They also receive several memorial items like:

  • Burial flag
  • Headstones
  • Medallions
  • Presidential memorial certificate
  • Markers

A funeral director can apply for all of these benefits on your behalf. They are familiar with the process and will make sure everything arrives on time.

Allowances

The military will pay for the cost of burial and basic funeral service. A veteran’s family or their representative must apply for the benefits with the local authority. They will receive a compensation amount along with the pension transfer details. The compensation pays for burial, funeral, and reasonable transport costs.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we provide comprehensive cremation services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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