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

Program Description

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a flat rate monetary burial allowance for eligible Veteran's burial and funeral costs.

General Program Requirements

You 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.
Other individuals and entities, such as funeral homes, are eligible claimants only if the Veterans remains are unclaimed.

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
For more specific information, read the Burial factsheet.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To 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
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