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Veterans Death Benefits

We are proud of the men and women who have so selflessly served our country and have prepared special ways to pay tribute to them upon their death.We work with the families of our nation’s veterans to navigate the often confusing bureaucracy that convolutes many of the processes including obtaining money, services, and recognition benefits provided by the government. The lengthy, often ambiguous forms can be difficult to complete, and research shows that most veterans do not receive all the benefits to which they are entitled – often because they are simply so difficult to obtain.

We can help with veterans death benefits, and usually all we need to start the process in a copy of the veteran’s discharge paperwork, their DD Form 214, or “Report of Separation from the Armed Forces of the United States.” If you are not able to get this record, we can guide you in other routes you may use to obtain documentation that shows proof of military service. Our counselors are experienced in handling all the details necessary for veteran’s crematory arrangements. This includes applying for monetary benefits from the Veterans Administration, scheduling and arranging military honors, coordinating with federal and state VA cemeteries, obtaining a flag for the service, and ordering the cemetery marker for the veteran.

Our Veterans Package is available only to veterans; family members may wish to consider the Cemetery package, which includes a similar level of service, for themselves.

Questions?

We will notify the Veterans Administration at the time of death, however if you have specific questions concerning eligibility claims and veterans death benefits you may visit the VA website or contact:

Veterans Administration Regional Office
275 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 666-7785

Veteran’s Death Benefits Overview

VA cash benefits for reimbursement of burial expenses

$796 is available for an honorably-discharged veteran, if hospitalized by the VA at the time of death. Otherwise, a $300 reimbursement is available.

Active duty or service-connected death

$2,000 is available IF: the veteran died during active duty; or an honorably-discharged veteran died of a service-connected injury.

Burial plot allowance

$796 is available for an honorably-discharged veteran not interred in a cemetery that is under the jurisdiction of the US government, IF: the veteran was receiving a pension or disability benefits from the VA at the time of death; the death occurred in a VA hospital, or VA-contracted health care facility.

Military honors

Generally consists of taps and a flag-folding detail performance by military personnel from the branch of service served.

U.S. flag

An honorably-discharged veteran is entitled to a U.S. flag provided by the Veterans Administration.

Headstone or marker

In a national or state veterans cemetery, a veteran, spouse and dependent children receive a free headstone. For burial in a private cemetery, a simple marker for veterans ONLY will be Burial of cremated remains in a national cemetery

Free grave space is available for a veteran, spouse and dependent children.

Burial of cremated remains in the NH State Veterans Cemetery

While not part of the National Cemetery System, the NH State Veterans Cemetery, in Boscawen, provides free burial space for veterans. A spouse and dependent children may also be interred in the cemetery for a fee of $350. Eligibility is consistent with National Cemetery rules. Interment space cannot be reserved in advance. Veterans may pre-apply to confirm eligibility. Cemetery Rules and Regulations

Burial of cremated remains in the VT State Veterans Cemetery

The VVMC in Randolph Center provides free burial space for veterans. A spouse and dependent children may also be interred in the cemetery for a small fee. Currently the non-veteran interment fee is $225 for an urn and the cemetery does accept prepayment of interment charges. Eligibility is consistent with National Cemetery rules. Interment space cannot be reserved in advance. Veterans may pre-apply to confirm eligibility. Cemetery Rules and Regulations

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