Veterans’ Administration Benefits

What does the Veterans’ Administration benefit include?

Survivors may be eligible for a lump sum payment of $300 for burial expenses, an allowance of
$300 toward a burial plot, burial in a national cemetery, a government headstone or marker, and a
burial flag.

Who administers the program?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

What determines eligibility?

The firefighter must have been a veteran who received a discharge other than dishonorable.
Reservists entitled to retired pay are also eligible to receive a burial flag.

How do you apply for veterans’ benefits?

Contact the regional Veterans’ Administration Office listed in the Federal Government section of
the telephone book or call 1-800-827-1000.

You will need the following:

  • Proof of military service (Form DD-214)
  • Service Serial Number
  • Death certificate
  • Marriage license, if applicable
  • Children’s birth certificates, if applicable