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The veteran and their family should be aware of the many funeral benefits to which they are entitled. We at Affordable Funeral & Cremation strongly suggest that veterans consider funeral prearrangements and benefits. This gives their loved ones more time to grieve and keeps them from scrambling to find information. Below, you'll find some very crucial details about veteran benefits:
1. All Veterans Are Entitled To Benefits
All service members are entitled to a flag, a grave marker made of granite or marble, and a burial plot in any national cemetery. Costs associated with the cemetery's services, such as digging the grave, installing a liner, and placing a headstone, are not the responsibility of the next-of-kin.
2. Veteran Benefits For Those Who Died While On Active Duty
The military covers the costs associated with a funeral, from the initial cleaning and preparation of the body to the final memorial and burial. The next-of-kin is given a $100,000 death gratuity.
3. Compensation For Veterans Who Died As A Result Of Service-Connected Injuries
The veteran's family is eligible to receive a $2,000 burial benefit to help pay for the cost of the funeral, the casket, and transportation to the cemetery. Burial at a national cemetery qualifies the veteran for free or discounted transportation of their remains. This is typically decided on a case-by-case basis. Veterans can receive $300 from the government to cover the cost of burial outside a national cemetery. There's a chance that this may not be enough.
4. Compensation For Veterans Who Did Not Die In The Line Of Duty
There are no additional benefits besides a burial at a gravesite of their choosing, a headstone made of granite or marble, and a flag and all veterans are eligible for these.
If you want to know about our services, don't hesitate to contact us at Affordable Funeral & Cremation today. Our team is here to provide you with the information you need.