Originally Posted by jdeasy
Here's part of what it says;
"VA may grant additional benefits, including the plot or interment allowance and transportation allowance, if it receives a claim for these benefits."
I think the claim is filed before the burial. The Funeral Director just has to have their DD214 discharge papers and he can always get the cemetery space and grave liner for veterans at a VA cemetery. Also a headstone. The family doesn't pay anything for those.
The spouse gets to be buried in the same space (1st death 6 ft deep, 2nd death 3 ft deep) and a grave liner at no cost. The spouse burial will require the family to pay for the open/closing fee (usually less than $500).
They still have to buy the casket and funeral service at the funeral home. The VA doesn't pay for any of that unless the veteran was killed while serving. Probably some allowence like you said for becoming disabled while actively serving. But it's pretty rare.
Veterans will throw smoke screens at you to stall their wives from buying insurance. They usually know they are BSing. They are just trying to get the wife to quit worrying about any of it so they can buy that new fishing rod instead of life insurance.
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