Benefits Information

Veterans' Benefits Information

The following benefits may be available to an honorably discharged U.S. Veteran:

  • A cemetery space in a federally operated cemetery
  • A flag for the funeral services
  • Military funeral honors
  • A government grave marker
  • A burial allowance and or a burial plot allowance
  • Transportation costs, if the veteran died in a V.A. facility
  • Under some circumstances there are survivors' benefits for spouses and minor children

For further information contact a local Veterans Affairs office, your funeral director or visit the Veterans Affairs website

Social Security Benefits

Anyone who has worked and paid Social Security (FICA) taxes has been earning Social Security benefits for his or her family. Social Security survivors benefits help ease the financial burden that follows a workers death. Almost all children under age 18 will get monthly benefits if a working parent dies. Other family members may be eligible for benefits too.

Special One-Time Payment

In addition to the monthly benefits for family members, a one-time payment may be available to family members upon the death of an eligible worker. A lump sum benefit of $255 will be paid to a qualified surviving spouse, or if there is no spouse who qualifies, the lump sum benefit may be paid to qualifying dependent children.

Your funeral director can answer questions regarding death benefits and who qualifies. For further information you may also contact your local social security office or go the Social Security website