A Guide to the Benefits Available to Veterans

By: Greg Hurd
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Veterans are eligible to a number of funeral and burial benefits, which both the veteran and their families should be aware of. At Weber-Hurd Funeral Home, we encourage veterans to study the benefits available to them and plan funerals in advance. That ensures that their loved ones left behind have some time to grieve and don’t need to piece together the information in a hurry. Here are some things you need to know about benefits available to veterans:

1. Benefits for all Veterans

All veterans are provided burial in a national cemetery of their choice, a marble or granite headstone, and a flag. The next-of-kin don’t have to pay for opening and closing of the grave, a liner, or setting the grave marker in the cemetery.

2. Benefits for Veterans that Died in Active Duty

All funeral expenses are paid by the military and this includes preparing the body, transportation, casket, interment, and adding a marker. The next-of-kin receive $100,000 in death gratuity.

3. Benefits for Veterans that Died Due to Service-Related Injuries

These veterans are eligible for $2,000 of burial allowance that can be spent on the funeral home, casket, and transportation to the cemetery. If the veteran is buried at one of the national cemeteries, all or most of the expenses related to the transportation of the body are paid. This is usually decided on a case-to-case basis. Veterans get $300 for burial at a non-national cemetery as interment allowance but this might not cover everything.

4. Benefits for Veterans that Didn’t Die Due to Service

No additional benefits aside from burial in a national cemetery of their choice, a marble or granite headstone, and a flag are provided.

If you want to know more about funeral services and other details, don’t hesitate to call us at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to help. 

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