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Honoring our heroes: unveiling the importance of the veterans burial benefits that are available at no cost

Mark Bailey

Special to the Village News

When it comes to honoring our brave men and women who have selflessly served our country, there are benefits they deserve that honor them in this life and in the memory of their loved ones. Veterans burial benefits stand as a tribute to their immense sacrifices. However, it is disheartening to note that only 12% of veterans are utilizing these benefits.

In this article, we will delve into the essential nature of burial/cremation benefits, the inclusion of spouses in these benefits, the advantages of advance funeral planning and who you need to see to put your plans in place.

Unearthing the importance of veterans burial benefits

Veterans burial benefits are a testament to the gratitude and respect we owe to those who served in the armed forces. These benefits offer financial assistance and support to ensure that veterans receive a dignified burial, with the aim of easing the burden on their loved ones during an already challenging time. From providing a plot or niche at no cost in a national cemetery to securing a headstone or marker, these benefits offer a fitting tribute to honor the service of our veterans come at no cost.

Inclusion of spouses

Recognizing the integral role of spouses in the lives of veterans, burial benefits are not limited solely to the service member. Spouses of deceased veterans are also eligible for these benefits. This means that surviving spouses will receive the same burial benefits as their spouse, ensuring they are honored as their spouse was.

The benefits available to spouses can be extensive, encompassing a gravesite or niche alongside the veteran, including perpetual care, a headstone or marker, and even reimbursement for some burial expenses. This comprehensive support recognizes the sacrifices made not only by veterans but also by their spouses, who stood steadfastly by their side throughout their service.

Advance funeral planning: a wise decision for veterans and their families

Pre-planning is a smart and responsible decision that offers peace of mind for veterans and their families by ensuring that their wishes are carried out as desired. This also provides an opportunity to make choices in advance, outlining burial preferences, funeral arrangements and even financially securing the prices for the plans at today's prices.

Veterans who engage in pre-planning can take advantage of certain benefits specifically designed for such foresighted individuals. For instance, the VA allows eligible veterans, with the help of a pre planning counselor, to apply for burial or cremation pre-need eligibility determination, which assists in securing a burial plot, grave liner and even a government-furnished headstone or marker. Moreover, pre-planning provides the opportunity to explore and secure burial benefits, such as military honors and funeral honors.

By discussing their burial preferences and arrangements with loved ones, veterans can ensure that their wishes are respected and relieve their families of the burden of making these decisions during a time of grief. Pre-planning also enables veterans to consider their financial options, potentially reducing the financial burden on their families and further safeguarding their legacy.

Benefits of advanced planning for burial/cremation:

Peace of Mind: Pre-planning offers a sense of relief, knowing that one's end-of-life arrangements are secure and in accordance with personal preferences.

Financial Preparedness: By pre-planning, veterans can explore financial options, locking in the prices today, offsetting or reducing the burden on their loved ones down the road.

Personalization: Advanced planning allows veterans to make unique decisions about their burial, ensuring their final tribute reflects their values, beliefs, and personal wishes.

Preservation of Military Legacy: Veterans can make specific arrangements for military honors and ensure that their military service is properly recognized and respected through their burial ceremonies.


As a nation, we owe an immeasurable debt to our veterans and their families, and it is our duty to honor their sacrifices. Veterans burial benefits serve as a dignified tribute, ensuring that those who served our country receive the recognition and support they deserve. By making these benefits available to spouses, we also acknowledge the indispensable role played by the partners of our brave service members. Furthermore, pre-planning allows veterans to shape their final arrangements, easing the emotional and financial burden on their loved ones. Advance planning counselors who work with mortuaries will be needed to make these arrangements, securing your wishes and protecting your legacy. Let us unite in our efforts to maximize the utilization of these important benefits and ensure that our heroes are remembered and honored in Perpetuity.

Mark Bailey is the chief operating officer of The Burial Plan.


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