Military Burial Benefits
The sacrifice of our military men, women, and their families will never be forgotten. We would like to provide you with the comprehensive details you need regarding military burial benefits.
To help answer any questions you may have, we have created the free VFS Burial Benefits Guide to assist you in securing all benefits, awards, certificates, and financial assistance that may be available to you. Simply provide your email or your mailing address to have the guide sent directly to you.
In addition, we have created our six standards to assist you and your family during this time. We’ve included downloadable files for your convenience, or you can simply stop by one of our locations, and we will walk you step-by-step through the process to ensure your family receives all of the benefits available to you. Below are six standards Veteran’s Funeral Specialist firms provide:
- Every Veteran unless under certain conditions is entitled to a United States Burial Flag as a tribute to your loved ones faithful service. A Funeral Director will assist you in filing the necessary VA Form 27-2008 (Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes) to obtain the flag.
- Every Veteran unless under certain conditions is eligible for a government headstone, marker, or medallion. A funeral director will assist you in filing VA Form 40-1330 (Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker) to obtain your government marker or Form 40-1330M (Claim for Government Medallion) to obtain your medallion. We will also educate you on your options in order to personalize your marker with religious symbols and a special personal message.
- To further honor the memory of our fallen comrades, every Veteran’s Funeral Specialist firm will apply for a Presidential Memorial Certificate on behalf of the family. A PMC is an engraved paper certificate signed by the current President of the United States to honor the memory of honorably discharged Veterans. Your funeral director will file the necessary VA Form 40-0247 (Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form) to obtain the certificate on your behalf. You have the choice to order multiple certificates so each member of your family can share in the memory of their loved one’s service to this country.
- Depending if your deceased loved one meets eligibility requirements; they may be entitled to Veterans’ benefits on the Federal and County level. Your funeral director will assist you in filing VA Form 21-530 (Application for Burial Benefits) to help you receive the benefits that you may qualify for. Your funeral director will also be able to educate you on what benefits are available to you and how much you may be entitled to receive. County benefits vary in the amount of compensation you may receive. Check with your funeral director or local Veterans office for more information.
- If you cannot locate your loved one’s military discharge papers, one of our staff members will assist you in applying for those records by using SF-180 (Request Pertaining to Military Records), so that you may be able to receive all available benefits entitled to you and your family. Once these records are obtained, your funeral director will use the military discharge to apply for all benefits, and you will have peace of mind knowing your loved one will be honored for their faithful service to our country.
- To further honor the memory of your loved one, all VFS firms will assist your family in obtaining the military service medals or awards so deservingly earned while they were in service. Military medals and ribbons offer a symbol of duty, honor, and country. We will handle the letter of request to each branch of service and gladly mail to the corresponding office.
A VFS staff member is always available to help you in your time of need with any questions you or your family might have. We are only a phone call away and are always ready to help ease the burden of the loss of a cherished friend or family member.