Veterans Can Apply for National Cemetery Eligibility before Death

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The death of a veteran is never an easy event to handle. Along with the pain of losing a loved one, families must determine if he or she is eligible for burial in a national cemetery or if they wish to bury their veteran with the rest of the family.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making it easier for military families to make these tough decisions with the introduction of pre-need eligibility determinations. Veterans or their caretakers can now file an application to determine if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a national cemetery.

The VA will store the results of the eligibility determination in an electronic database. This means military families will have the option to bury an eligible veteran immediately without waiting for approval. The approval of burial eligibility entitles the family to the following amenities for free:

  • Burial in a national cemetery
  • Opening/closing of the grave
  • Grave liner
  • Perpetual care of the gravesite
  • Government-furnished headstone, marker, or niche cover

If You Do Not Ask, You Might Be Missing Out on Veterans’ Benefits and Services

You served our country; now it is time for our country to serve you. Many veterans are unaware of the full range of services, benefits, and amenities the VA has to offer. If a combat-related injury or illness is causing you to suffer from disabling conditions, you can access many programs for medical and financial help through the VA.

The Disability Help Group helps connect disabled veterans to the resources they deserve. Call 800-800-2009 to schedule a free consultation with our team of disability advocates today. See how we can help you determine — and obtain — the benefits and resources to which you are entitled.