United States Military Veterans may be entitled to benefits offered by the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The Funeral Directors at Genesee Valley Cremation are experienced in identifying the benefits that people may qualify for and we will counsel you in applying for those benefits.
It is important to note, proof of the Veteran's military service is necessary to qualify. Documentation, such as a DD-214 must be available. To request a new copy, please visit https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records#emergency
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VA Burial Benefits
The amount of money available to surviving family members to pay for final expenses can vary based on several different factors, so it is best to check http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-special-burial.asp to find more information about eligibility. For reference, the amount for a non-service related death is approximately $749 or less, while the amount for a service related death is approximately $2,000 or less.
Survivor and Dependent Benefits
If a service-member died because of a service related injury or was killed during active duty, an eligible surviving spouse, dependent children and dependent parents may be eligible for a variety of benefits and services. Genesee Valley Cremation will assist these surviving family members in utilizing all resources that are available to help them after their loss. More information can be found at http://www.va.gov/opa/persona/dependent_survivor.asp
Most families of U.S. Veterans are eligible to receive a flag that is meant to "drape a casket or accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces." Genesee Valley Cremation will complete the application and obtain this flag for any family whose loved one meets eligibility requirements at no charge. More information can be found at http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/burial_flags.asp.
Presidential Memorial Certificate
A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate, meant to honor the service and memory of Veterans whom have died. This document is signed by the current President of the United States and is available to the next-of-kin. We can assist you in completing and submitting an application for this certificate if you would like to apply for one. More information about this certificate is available http://www.cem.va.gov/pmc.asp.
VA National Cemeteries
Burial in a National Cemetery is an option for eligible veterans. The VA National Cemeteries are located throughout the United States and offer urn burial and mausoleum niches and more information regarding their services is available at http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/. Veterans and their families now have the ability to check their pre-need eligibility to be laid to rest in a National Cemetery. Genesee Valley Cremation can coordinate with the VA National Cemetery if the death has already occurred, on behalf of the family, for a veteran who wished to be interred there. More information can be found http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/pre-need.
Headstones and Markers
Eligible Veterans have the right to a headstone or grave marker if the Veteran is buried in a cemetery other than a National Cemetery, as well. If you choose to have a committal ceremony in another cemetery, this benefit would be helpful to offset the additional costs of interment.* For more information about this option, read more http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hmm/index.asp .
Military Funeral Honors
If there is a committal service where a Veteran's urn will be buried in a cemetery, The VA will provide a military honor guard to perform military honors, including the playing of "Taps" to honor the Veteran's memory and service. Genesee Valley Cremation will arrange for this ceremony on behalf of the family, in the case that the family chooses to inter the urn.* More information about Military Honors can be found http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/military_funeral_honors.asp .
*Interment and cemetery fees are additional charges