Benefit Details
Partial Reimbursement of Burial Expenses
Managing Agency Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

Program Description

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) burial allowance are partial reimbursements of an eligible Veterans' burial and funeral cost. When the cause of death is not service-connected, the reimbursement are generally described as two payments:
  1. A burial and funeral expenses allowance, AND
  2. A plot or interment allowance

General Program Requirements

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 VA pension or compensation at the time of death, OR
  • The Veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided instead to receive his or her full military retirement or disability pay, 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 Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
  • You paid for a Veteran's burial and funeral, AND
  • You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the decease Veteran employer, AND
  • The Veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable
VA provides several types of one-time monetary burial benefits to eligible beneficiaries, to include service-connected death burial allowance, non-service-connected death allowance, a plot-interment allowance, and transportation allowance.
To complete an application, download VA Form 21-530, "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
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