Funeral and Internment Benefits Available to Veterans

June 30, 2020

The United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) offers financial assistance for burial and other related costs for veterans, their spouses and their dependent children.

Free Burial

Currently, the VA manages 136 national cemeteries, four of which are located in Maryland. While eligible veterans, spouses and dependents may qualify for a free burial in a national cemetery, three of the four located in Maryland no longer have burial space. Baltimore National Cemetery offers cremation only. Veterans can choose internment in a state VA cemetery. Several in Maryland still offer both burial and cremation options. See the list of Maryland VA cemeteries.

Burial Flags and Certificates

The National Cemetery Administration will provide at no cost a United States flag to drape over the coffin or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran so long as the veteran was discharged for reasons other than dishonorable. An engraved paper certificate signed by the current President of the United States will also be given to any veteran who meets the national burial requirements.

Free Headstone/Marker

The VA will furnish a headstone or grave marker. Families can choose a flat marker in granite, marble or bronze. Upright markers are available in granite and marble. For veterans who are cremated, bronze markers are provided to mark columbaria. There is no charge for the headstone or marker, but the family must pay for its placement in a private cemetery.

Funeral Expenses

The VA also reimburses for certain funeral expenses of a veteran. The amount is determined by statute and some restrictions apply. Learn more here.

At Stouffer Legal we extend our gratitude to those who serve our country and the families that support their efforts. For more information on veterans’ benefits as part of a comprehensive estate plan, please contact our offices to schedule a consultation with an experienced and caring attorney at 443-470-3599.

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