Who is eligible to receive veteran's burial benefits? The
Veterans Administration will pay a $300.00 burial and funeral expense allowance
for deceased veterans who were, at the time of death, entitled to receive
pension or compensation, or would have been entitled to receive compensation
but for the receipt of military retired pay.
Eligibility is also established when death
occurs in a Veterans Administration facility or in a contract nursing home to
which the deceased was properly admitted.
For veterans who die of a service-connected disability, the VA
will pay a burial allowance up to $2,000.00 in lieu of other burial
Who is eligible to receive a burial flag?
The Veterans Administration will issue an American flag to drape the casket of
an eligible veteran who was discharged under conditions other than
dishonorable. They will also issue a flag for a veteran who is missing in
action and is later presumed dead.
What happens to the flag after the funeral
service? After the funeral service, the flag may be given to the next of kin or
a close friend or associate of the deceased.
Will the Veterans Administration provide a
headstone or marker? The Veterans Administration will furnish, upon request, at
no charge to the applicant, a government monument to mark the grave of an
eligible veteran buried in a national, military post or base, state veterans'
or private cemetery.
For further information contact the nearest
Veterans Administration Regional Office or write the Director, Office of
Memorial Programs (403L Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW,
Washington DC 20420-0001. You may also telephone the Applicant Assistance
Division at 1-800-697-6947.
Local Veterans Services address follows:
Cumberland County Veterans
301 E. Russell St. (Old Board of Elections
Phone: (910) 677-2970
P. O. Box 1829
Local Veterans Cemetery
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
8220 Bragg Blvd.
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Phone (910) 436-5630