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Veteran Benefits

When it comes to honoring those who served Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory is more committed and capable to fulfill you and your family's wishes than any other service provider.  If you are a veteran or are responsible for the arrangements of a veteran, you can count on Fitzgerald Funeral Home to design a tribute that will be thoughtful, and above all, personal.  Veterans served so that we may be safe and free.  Rest assured that Fitzgerald Funeral Home is dedicated to honoring and assisting you in remembering your loved ones achievements.

"Honoring Those Who Served" is the title of the Department of Defense program for providing dignified military funeral honors to veterans who have defended our nation.  Upon a family's request, the law requires that every eligible veteran receive military funeral honors including folding and presenting of the US burial flag.

 

Who is eligible for Military Funeral Honors?

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
 

What Are VA Burial Allowances?
VA 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:  (1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot or interment allowance.

These reimbursements are made directly to the family when the funeral account is paid in full. When there is a balance due on the funeral account, the Veterans Administration will send payment to the mortuary. If there is a credit balance after benefits are received, the family will receive a refund.

 

How Much Does VA Pay?
Service-Related Death. VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001. VA will pay up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 10, 2001. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.

Nonservice-Related Death.  VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot-interment allowance for deaths on or after December 1, 2001. The plot-interment allowance is $150 for deaths prior to December 1, 2001. 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.

Your arrangement director at Fitzgerald Funeral Home will be happy to fill out the necessary paperwork for you. An honorably discharged Veteran is entitled to a burial space, interment and a memorial marker at a national cemetery. Fitzgerald Funeral Home will make those arrangements, too.

Full military burial honors are provided strictly at the discretion of the military. They are generally provided only to those on active duty or retired military personnel.

All Veterans and dependents are responsible for notifying the Veterans Administration as soon as possible of any change that could affect their VA monetary benefits.

For more information, visit http://www.militaryfuneralhonors.osd.mil/intro.html