At Geib, our staff can assist you in navigating veteran benefits. Veteran benefits are not paid automatically; you must contact the Veterans Administration.
Veterans Service Office
393 16th Street SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Below is helpful information from the Veterans Administration website:
What are VA Burial Allowances?
Veterans Administration 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:
- Burial and funeral expense allowance
- Plot or interment allowance.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for a veteran’s burial allowance, you must be a veteran discharged or separated from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and have completed the required period of service. U.S. Armed Forces members who die on active duty are also eligible, as well as spouses and dependent children of eligible living and deceased veterans, and current and deceased armed forces members.
How do I apply?
We will contact the Veterans Administration and apply for all benefits on the veteran’s behalf. Generally, all we need to begin the process is a copy of the veteran’s honorable discharge (DD-214).
Our staff will then fill out VA Form 21-530 application for burial benefits and attach a copy of the veteran’s military discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent), death certificate, and funeral and burial bills.
How much does the VA pay?
For a service-related death, the VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses. If the Veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.
For a non-service-related death, on or after October 1, 2011, VA will pay up to $700 toward burial and funeral expenses (if hospitalized by VA at time of death), or $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (if not hospitalized by VA at time of death), and a $700 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national cemetery). If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under VA contracted nursing home care, some or all of the costs for transporting the veteran’s remains may be reimbursed.
To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.