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Here is a subject that none of us wants to have to deal with but unfortionately it will sooner or later become necessary.

Here is a list of links to a few webpages that deal with this subject along with one site where I copied the information that deals with Veterans that caught my eye because of how simple the information is presented. 

http://9thinfdivsociety.org/vetinfo/after.html 

http://www.vfw.state.mn.us/c_whenaveterandies.pdf 

http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-21-534-are.pdf 

http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/Columnists/Guest-Columnist/Steps-to-take-when-a-veteran-dies  

Veteran's Benefits
The family of an honorably discharged veteran may be entitled to a number of benefits. Please be aware that VETERAN'S BENEFITS MUST BE APPLIED FOR: THEY ARE NOT PAID AUTOMATICALLY. 

When filing a claim for Veteran's Benefits, most or all of the following documents will be needed: o Veteran's Death Certificate o Veteran's Discharge Papers o Copy of Veteran's Marriage Certificate o Birth Certificates of Veteran's Minor Children o Receipt of Itemized Funeral Bill for Veteran You can contact your local or regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for current information on benefits and claims procedures, or call the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at: 1-202-273-5400 Or write: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20420 

VETERAN'S BURIAL BENEFITS
Claim Procedure Dependents of veterans, widows and/or children should visit their nearest VA regional office immediately upon a veteran's demise to complete a VA claim form. You will need a certified copy or original DD2 14 (Enlisted Record and Report of Separation). In all cases, a death certificate is required. When the claim is processed, payment will be made according to the insured's intention: lump sum or monthly installment. Processing time is about 90 days. 

Burial Benefits Payable  
a. Interment or Burial Plot Allowance - An allowance not exceeding $150 for incurred expenses of interment or burial plot when the burial was not made in a national cemetery. To be eligible the deceased must have been receiving disability benefits, compensation or pension.
b. Basic Burial Allowance - An allowance of $300 for expenses of burial and funeral of the eligible deceased veteran. To be eligible a veteran must have been receiving pension or compensation from the VA or be eligible for it or die in a VA facility.
c. Burial Allowance for Service-Connected Death - When the veteran's death occurs as the result of a service-connected disability, an amount up to $1500 may be paid in lieu of other burial benefits.
d. Transportation Costs - The cost of transporting the body to the place of burial may also be paid in addition to the above allowances when: 
(I) The veteran died while in a hospital, domiciliary, or nursing home to which he or she had been properly admitted under authority of the VA; or
(II) The veteran died enroute while traveling under prior authorization of the VA for the purpose of examination, treatment or care. 
e. Headstones/Markers - A government-provided grave marker is available from VA to mark the unmarked grave of an eligible veteran.
f. Burial Flag - An American flag is provided to drape the casket of a veteran. After the funeral service, the flag may be given to the next of kin or close friend or associate of the deceased. Flags are issued at any VA office, and most local post offices.
g. Interment in VA National Cemeteries - The interment of a deceased veteran will be authorized in any cemetery in which grave space is available. There is no charge for a grave in a national cemetery. Application for burial can be made only at the time of death. The cost of transporting the body to the place of burial may be paid when the veteran died while in a hospital, domiciliary, or nursing home to which he or she had been properly admitted under authority of the VA, or when the veteran died enroute while traveling under prior authorization of the VA for the purpose of examination, treatment or care. The veteran's family is responsible for the cost of the casket and other funeral home charges although the basic burial allowance and the burial allowance for service-connected death may be applied to these expenses. Verification eligibility takes two working days; however, some cases may require a longer period of time. The time and date of the burial should not be announced until the cemetery director has confirmed eligibility and authorized interment. 

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