Understand What Your Benefits Are and How to Request Them
As a veteran, you may qualify for burial benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), so it’s important to understand what your benefits are and how to request them.
A recent survey shows that 60 percent of veterans mistakenly believe the VA pays funeral, cremation and cemetery expenses for all veterans.
Because we serve more veterans than any other funeral service provider, the funeral professionals of the Dignity Memorial® network discovered that many veterans don’t know all the facts when they or their families come in to plan their funeral services. For example, a recent survey shows that 60 percent of veterans mistakenly believe the VA pays funeral, cremation and cemetery expenses for all veterans. In truth, reimbursement of funeral or cremation expenses is limited, and certain restrictions apply.
Six out of ten veterans also believe caskets are provided free of charge to all veterans. Actually, neither the VA nor the various branches of service provide a free casket for a deceased veteran unless death occurs while on active duty.
These and other misperceptions are common. That’s why the Dignity Memorial network created the Veterans Planning Guide. The Veterans Planning Guide is a full-color, 56-page guide designed to educate veterans about their VA burial benefits as well as the benefits Dignity Memorial providers extend to members of two veterans service organizations.
The guide also contains useful information about military funeral honors, information on the importance of advance planning and several detachable forms, including applications to veterans service organizations and forms necessary to receive military medals, a U.S. flag, Presidential Memorial certificates, military records and other VA burial benefits.
To receive a free Veterans Planning Guide, contact a Dignity Memorial provider near you or call toll-free 866-508-5834. A Dignity Memorial funeral professional will gladly deliver and review the guide with you, so you can take advantage of all the VA burial benefits you earned through your service.