Department of Veterans
Burial and Plot-Interment Allowances
What Are VA Burial Allowances?
VA burial allowances are partial reimbursements of an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs. When
the cause of death is not service related, the reimbursements are generally described as two payments:
(1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot or interment allowance.
Who Is Eligible?
You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
you paid for a veteran's burial or funeral, AND
you have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the
deceased veteran's employer, AND
the veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
the veteran died because 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 not to reduce his/her
military retirement or disability pay, OR
the veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA
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 reopened claim pending at the time of death and has been found
entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to the date or death, OR
the veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home.
How Much Does VA Pay?
Service-Related Death. VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after
September 11, 2001. VA will pay up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 10, 2001. If the veteran is
buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.
Nonservice-Related Death. VA will pay up to $300 toward buria