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Veterans Benefits

10 Facts at a Glance about Veterans Benefits

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits do not cover all the funeral or cremation arrangements of honorably discharged veterans.
  • You will need documentation to verify military service.
  • A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.
  • Military Funeral Honors ceremonies must be scheduled in advance.
  • Veterans’ caskets are not free.
  • A “Presidential Memorial Certificate” must be requested.
  • If you choose not to be buried in a VA national cemetery, monetary burial benefits are limited.
  • There are eligibility requirements for burial in a VA national cemetery.
  • Headstones or markers for a burial space in a private cemetery must be requested.
  • The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

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