Funeral Benefits Available for Veterans

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Veterans that are serving or have served in the military are entitled to some funeral benefits whether they have died on active duty or outside of it. Veterans and their families should be aware of the kinds of benefits they are eligible to receive the military. Here’s a brief look at what you can expect from the military:

1. All Military Veterans

All veterans that have served or are actively serving are eligible to the benefits mentioned below:

  • Burial in a national cemetery of their choice
  • Marble or granite headstone
  • Flag
  • Free opening and closing of the grave
  • Liner
  • Setting grave marker

2. Veterans that Die in Active Duty

If the veteran dies in active duty, all of their funeral expenses are covered. The military will prepare the body, provide the casket, and transport the decedent to the destination where they will be buried, and pay for other related expenses. The closest relative and next-of-kin will receive a total of $100,000 in death gratuity.

3. Veterans That Die Due to Service Injuries

The military will cover the funeral cost by providing $2,000 of burial allowance. This money can be spent on hiring a funeral director, buying a casket, and transporting the body to the cemetery. This is free of cost if the decedent is buried in the national cemetery (although there are some exceptions). The benefits are usually decided on a case-to-case basis.

4. Veterans that Died of Causes not Connected to the Military Service

These veterans don’t get additional benefits aside from the ones mentioned in the first point. They’ll receive burial in a national cemetery, a marble or granite headstone, and a flag.

If you want to know more about funerals or want to plan one, don’t hesitate to call Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home for more information. 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Memory Making Family Christmas Traditions To Start The Year

It is never easy to deal with the loss of a family member. The holiday season aggravates the grief that you feel, and you miss the person even more than you did.  This is because there are alw...

Comfort Foods For The Grieving

When people are grieving, they must pay attention to their health, the things they are eating, etc. However, most they tend to neglect themselves and forget that they have to consume nutritious mea...

5 Ideas For Creating New Holiday Traditions After A Death

When a loved one passes away, it brings many changes in your life.  These changes are even more evident during special occasions such as holidays. Since the person is no longer with you, the l...

5 Advantages Of Urn Vaults

If your loved one has passed away and you are planning a cremation, you would be given the person's ashes after the process is complete. The ashes would need to be kept in a receptacle- in most cas...

Building A Bucket List

Many people consider building a bucket list. This is a list of various things that you want to do, dreams that you want to achieve, and goals that you want to reach before you breathe your last. Ma...

What Can A Funeral Director Assist Me With

When you are planning a funeral service, there are many things to focus on and many arrangements to make. Not everybody is aware of what is involved in planning a funeral service. However, when you...

What To Expect Before The Funeral

Planning a funeral is one of the first responsibilities you must handle after a loved one passes away. Most people have never planned a funeral before and don’t know what to expect from the process...

Tips For Explaining the Concept of Death to Children

It isn't easy for adults to deal with the death of a family member or someone very close to them, but they understand the concept of death. However, that isn't the case with children. Very young ki...

Care Essentials While Grieving The Loss Of A Loved One

If someone you love very much passes away, it can be challenging to deal with that loss and the grief that you feel. How a person grieves is a very personal experience. You may find yourself feeli...

Choosing An Urn

If you have chosen cremation for a family member who has passed away, the ashes that the crematorium hands over to you would have to be kept in a container. The best way to store the ashes is to ge...