R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home and Crematory

Veterans Services

How Much Does VA (Veterans Administration) Pay

Service-Related Death: VA will pay up to $2000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001. VA will pay up to $1500 for deaths prior to September 10, 2001. If the Veteran is buried in a VA National Cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.

Non-Service Related Death: For deaths on or after October 1, 2011, VA will pay up to $700.00 toward burial and funeral expenses (if hospitalized by VA at time of death), or $300.00 toward burial and funeral expenses (if not hospilalized by VA at time of death), and a $700.00 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national cemetery). For deaths on or after December 1, 2011, but before October 1, 2011, VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot-interment allowance. The plot-interment is $150 for deaths prior to December 1, 2001. If the death happened while the Veteran was in a VA hospital or under VA contracted nursing home care, some or all of the costs for transporting the Veteran's remains may be reimbursed. An annual increase in burial and plot allowances, for deaths occuring after October 1, 2011, begins in fiscal year 2013 based on the Consumer Price Index for preceding 12-month period

For more information on monetary benefits, please call 1-800-827-1000.

Requesting a Burial in a VA Cemetery

No special forms are required when requesting burial in a VA national cemetery. The person making burial arrangements should contact the national cemetery in which burial is desired at the time of need. Scheduling can be done seven days a week for interments on Mondays through Fridays.

If possible, the following information concerning the deceased should be provided when the cemetery is first contacted:

  • Full name and military rank;
  • Branch of service; Social security number;
  • Service number; VA claim number, if applicable;
  • Date and place of birth; Date and place of death;
  • Date of retirement or last separation from active duty; and,
  • Copy of any military separation documents, such as the Department of Defense Form 214 (DD-214).

The discharge documents must specify active military duty and show that release from active duty was under other than dishonorable conditions.

Viewing facilities are not available and funeral services cannot be held at VA national cemeteries, but a final committal service may be performed. For safety reasons, these committal services are held in committal shelters located away from the gravesite. Burial will take place following the committal service.Floral arrangements may accompany the casket or urn from the committal shelter and will be placed on the grave after burial

A headstone or marker will be ordered by cemetery personnel upon inscription approval by the next of kin and a burial flag will be provided. Upright headstones are standard in most national cemeteries, however, some have both upright headstone and flat marker sections. Be sure to discuss these options with the cemetery director prior to burial.

The same procedures are followed if the veteran's eligible spouse or dependent predeceases the veteran. In most cases, one gravesite is provided for the burial of all eligible family members and a single headstone or marker is provided.

When both spouses are veterans, two gravesites and two headstones or markers may be provided if requested.

Military honors are not provided by the national cemetery. These honors must be arranged in advance by the family or their representative with groups that provide the honors.

Burial benefits available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration include a gravesite in any of our cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a grave liner for casketed remains at no cost to the family.

Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

To confirm your eligibility for burial benefits, please call a Veteran's Benefits Counselor at: 1-800-827-1000

Persons Eligible for Burial in a VA National Cemetery

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemetery directors have the primary responsibility for verifying eligibility for burial in VA national cemeteries. A determination of eligibility is usually made in response to a request for burial in a VA national cemetery. a. Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard)

(1) Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty.

(2) Any citizen of the United States who, during any war in which the United States has been or may hereafter be engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any Government allied with the United States during that war, whose last active service terminated honorably by death or otherwise, and who was a citizen of the United States at the time of entry into such service and at the time of death.

(3) Any veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. With certain exceptions, service beginning after September 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and service after October 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 months or the full period for which the person was called to active duty. Undesirable, bad conduct, and any other type of discharge other than honorable may or may not qualify the individual for veterans benefits, depending upon a determination made by a VA Regional Office. Cases presenting multiple discharges of varying character are also referred for adjudication to a VA Regional Office.
Visit The Veterans Administration Site for more information.

Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd., North
Bay Pines, FL 33504-0477
Phone: (727) 398-9426
FAX: (727) 398-9520
Visit The Veterans Administration Site for more information.

Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
Phone: (352) 793-7740
FAX: (352) 793-9560
Visit The Veterans Administration Site for more information.

When someone we love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Those who touch our lives stay in our hearts forever...