Program DescriptionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a flat rate monetary burial allowance for eligible Veteran's burial and funeral costs.
General Program RequirementsYou may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
- You are the surviving spouse, or
- You are the first of the following individuals to file:
- Survivor of a legal union with the Veteran,
- Veteran's child
- Veteran's parent
- Executor or administrator of the Veteran's estate, or
- A person acting for the Veteran's estate if there is no executor or administrator.
Generally, at least one of the following additional eligibility criteria must be met:
- The Veteran died as a result of a service related disability, OR
- The Veteran was receiving or entitled to receive VA pension or compensation at the time of death, OR
- The Veteran died while hospitalized in a VA medical facility, or while receiving care under a VA contract at a non-VA facility, OR
- The Veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment or care, OR
- The Veteran had an original or re-opened claim pending at the time of death and would have been entitle to VA compensation or pension from a date prior to the date of death, OR
- The Veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo complete an application, download VA Form 21P-530, "Application for Burial Benefits".
Program Contact Information
If you have questions:
- Visit the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) website to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
- Call 1-800-827-1000
- Call 1-800-829-4833, if you are hearing impaired