Are there any Veterans’ benefits available?

Veteran’s benefits will vary depending upon the length of service and whether the Veteran was a regular vet or a retiree. All veterans with an honorable discharge (Form DD214) and have served active duty are entitled to a number of benefits. They include a Burial Flag, a Memorial Marker, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and burial in a National Cemetery. Veteran’s spouses and dependent children are entitled to free burial or inurnment in a National Cemetery. (Note: This does not include funeral home charges unless death occurred while in active duty.)

Our closest National Cemeteries are Tahoma in Kent, Washington and Willamette in Portland, Oregon. We serve both and can ship to any National Cemetery. All cemetery costs are covered. We will arrange for all veteran’s services at the cemetery including honor guard activities.

Additional cash benefits may be available to the survivor if the veteran was a retiree or if the veteran died in a VA hospital or contracted VA care facility. Also, if the veteran died from a service connected disability and was receiving a Veteran’s disability payment in the month of death, there is a cash benefit. We will assist you with filing the benefits form.

Note: A veteran’s spouse may also be buried in the National Cemetery at no cost. An additional spouse after the death of a first spouse has the same privilege.

National Cemetery Options: There are two types of disposition in the cemetery. The first is burial or interment of casketed remains. If this is chosen, the gravesite provided will be double depth. The items provided at no cost include the grave space, the concrete grave liner, the opening and closing of the grave and grave marker for both veteran and spouse. See Tahoma Burial Sites.

The second type of disposition is placement of cremated remains. This is called inurnment. There are two choices, burial in the ground, or above ground placement in a niche wall. The niches are grouped together in a wall called a columbarium. Niches can fit two standard sized urns with no problem. Click the following links to see the choices mentioned: Ground burial option or Niche option.

Veterans that do not use the National Cemetery option can be entitled to certain cash allowances as well as a memorial marker/monument. It does not include the setting costs associated with installing the market/monument.

Here’s one benefit not widely known. If you elect to scatter cremated remains, you may place a permanent memorial marker at the National Cemetery. A notarized Scattering Letter is required before the National Cemetery will place the marker. We have the letter available in our office.