Veteran Cremation Benefits
It is important to understand the veteran burial benefits that are available to all US eligible veterans. It’s a complicated process to understand all the benefits and it is suggested to work with a cremation facility that is well versed in veteran cremation benefits.
It can sometimes be difficult to know who qualifies for veteran benefits. ID cards are issued for other military benefits.
Here is a list of basic qualifications:
- Military members on active duty.
- Members of the active (drilling) National Guard or Reserves.
- Retired active-duty members. Active-duty members can retire after performing at least 20 years of active-duty service.
- Retired National Guard and Reserve members who are receiving retired pay.
- Veterans who have received the Medal of Honor.
- Honorably discharged veterans who have been rated as 100 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) due to a service-related injury.
- Dependents of those listed here. Dependents include a veteran’s spouse and children.
As a US veteran, there are many benefits that are given to deceased veterans. One of the hardest parts is figuring out how to get the burial benefits our veterans deserve. Some of the veteran benefits are explained below:
- Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of 153 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care.
- Government headstone or marker, a burial flag,and a Presidential Memorial Certificate.
- Some Veterans may also be eligible for burial allowance.
- Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
- Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependent name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran’s headstone, at no cost to the family. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.