Presidential Memorial Certificate
The Presidential Memorial Certificate is a parchment with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation's grateful recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed, and the certificate bears the signature of the President and the presidential seal in gold foil.
Reimbursement of Burial Expenses
The United States Government provides a $300 burial and funeral expense allowance for veterans who, at the time of death, were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled to compensation but for receipt of military retirement pay. Eligibility is also established when death occurs in a Veterans Administration facility or a nursing home which the Veterans Administration contracted, and additional costs of transportation of the remains may be reimbursed in those cases. Claims must be filed within two years after permanent burial or cremation.
United States Burial Flag
The United States Government provides an American flag to drape the casket of a veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. After the funeral service, the flag may be given to the next of kin or a close associate of the deceased.
How to Contact the Veterans Administration
Military veterans and their dependents are entitled to a variety of benefits depending on their circumstances. Contact the Veterans Affairs office to determine what benefits can he claimed and then gather the information required.
Before you can file you will need:
- Certified copy of or original DD214 (Enlisted Record of Separation).
- Certified copy of or original marriage certificate.
- Certified copy of Death Certificate.
- Verification of amount of life insurance you will receive as a result of veteran's death.
- Paid receipts for funeral and cemetery expense.
- Paid receipts for hospital and doctor bills incurred by last illness, if applicable.
- Social Security number for yourself and your dependent children.
If the veteran or yourself was previously married:
- A certified copy of or original divorce decree, or a Death Certificate proving the previous marriage was dissolved by divorce or death.
If there are dependent children:
- For children under the age of 18, or over 18 and still in school, you need certified copies of original birth certificates for each.
- If over 18 and still in school, you will need VA Form 21-674 filled out.
If either of you currently receive Social Security benefits:
- You will need to know the exact amount received for each of you.
If you already have a VA claim number:
- You must furnish the VA with the claim number you have been assigned.
If either of you receive additional income:
If you qualify for Social Security benefits, you should go to the Social Security office before going to the Veteran's Administration office.
Once you have all the forms and information that apply to you, call the VA office and make an appointment to file your claim.
Your VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE Telephone Number is: