“Most Veterans believe that their funeral will be fully paid for the Veterans Administration(VA). The fact is that the VA only pays a PORTION of total burial costs,” states Frank Arbizu, Funeral And Cemetery Advisor at Davis Funeral Homes & Memorial Park.
Davis is a Las Vegas Funeral Home that also owns a cemetery. The cemetery is approximately 40 acres with an additional 8 acres of undeveloped property. With over 10,000 burials and entombments, Davis has an onsite crematory, 3 mausoleums, private family estates, cremation gardens, and is an Endowment Care Cemetery ensuring that even when all of the property is developed and sold the cemetery will be maintained as a beautiful park.
Arbizu continues “As a Veteran myself I was one of those that believed the entire cost of my funeral would be paid for by the VA. After doing some research I was surprised at how much of the total funeral procedure expenses ARE NOT PAID by the VA for Veterans. I was also shocked that most Veterans receive no funeral benefits at all.”
“Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran’s headstone, at no cost to the family. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.”
According to the VA, “Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 134 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.”
“The amount of Veterans burial benefits and eligibility don’t usually surface until funeral arrangements are being made by the family. Of course the family has believed what the Vet has told them, but then are surprised at the out of pocket expense.”
“There are 2 different parts to taking care of your loved ones when they pass away. There is a funeral arrangement and the cemetery arrangement. The funeral arrangement includes preparation of the Veteran’s body, casket, flowers and miscellaneous stationery. The cemetery arrangement benefit includes the space/plot, gravestone/marker, opening and closing of the grave, casket enclosure/protective vault and perpetual care of the grave site.”
The Veterans Administration (VA) pays for the cemetery arrangement which includes property space/plot, gravestone/marker, opening and closing of the grave, casket enclosure/protective vault and perpetual care of the grave site. In most cases, the VA WILL NOT pay for the funeral home arrangement, preparation of the Veteran’s body, casket, flowers and miscellaneous stationery.
The VA states that “The Veteran’s family should make funeral or cremation arrangements with a funeral provider (funeral advisor) or cremation office. Any item or service obtained from a funeral home or cremation office will be at the family’s expense.”
“Veterans should investigate the full amount of death benefits due to them. This is a loving gesture and will avoid additional stress on the family members making funeral arrangements on “the worst day of their lives” ” concludes Arbizu.
For more information on death benefits for Veterans, Frank Arbizu may reached (702) 573-7766 or visit his website by clicking Las Vegas Funeral Homes