The Veterans Administration may provide partial payment for funeral home and cemetery expenses. The following are the criteria which the Veterans Administration will assist with expenses:
- Was entitled to compensation or pension, including those who would have received compensation if retired pay has been waived, or had a claim pending
- Was discharged from service for disability
- Was institutionalized by VA at time of death (properly admitted to a hospital or nursing home at VA expense)
VA provides markers for the graves of veterans. Flat bronze or flat granite are available to mark the grave of an eligible veteran. Bronze niche markers are also available for inurnment of cremated remains. However, the VA does not pay for the cost of placement of the marker.VA will also provide a marker to memorialize an eligible veteran whose remains are not available for burial.
Forest Lawn Cemetery/Cherry Grove Memorial Park are available to veterans and their families for this purpose. When a marker is ordered from the VA, it could take up to 6 months to receive the marker. Your cemetery arrangement counselor at Forest Lawn Cemetery/Cherry Grove Memorial Park will be happy to fill out the necessary paperwork for you.
Full military honors are provided strictly at the discretion of the military. They are generally provided only to those on active duty or retired military personnel. All discharged Veterans, other than dishonorable, are entitled to a United States Flag for their service, free of charge. All Veterans and dependents are responsible for notifying Veterans Administration as soon as possible of any change that could affect their VA monetary benefits.
The Veterans Administration can be reached at 1-800-827-1000.