Federal Burial Allowance

What are VA Burial Allowances?

VA burial allowances are flat-rate monetary benefits that are generally paid at the maximum amount authorized by law for an eligible Veteran’s burial and funeral costs. A VA regulation change in 2014 simplified the program to pay eligible survivors quickly and efficiently. Eligible surviving spouses of record are paid automatically upon notification of a Veteran’s death, without the need to submit a claim. VA may grant additional benefits, including the plot or interment allowance and transportation allowance, if it receives a claim for these benefits.


For more information on Burial and Plot Interment Allows for Dependents and Survivors:

  • Fact Sheet


    How Much Does VA Pay?

    Service-Connected Death

    If the Veteran died on or after September 11, 2001, the maximum service-connected burial allowance is $2,000. If the Veteran died before September 11, 2001, the maximum service-connected burial allowance is $1,500. If the Veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, VA may reimburse some or all of the costs of transporting the deceased Veteran’s remains.


    Non Service-Connected Death
    • If the Veteran died on or after October 1, 2016, VA will pay a $300 burial allowance and $749 for a plot.
    • If the Veteran died on or after October 1, 2015, but before October 1, 2016, VA will pay $300 for burial allowance and $747 for a plot.
    • If the Veteran died on or after October 1, 2014, but before October 1, 2015, VA will pay $300 burial allowance and $745 for a plot.

    Effective October 1, 2011, there are higher non-service-connected death rates payable if the Veteran was hospitalized by VA at the time of his or her death.

    • If the Veteran died on or after October 1, 2016, VA will pay a $749 burial allowance and $749 for a plot.
    • If the Veteran died on or after October 1, 2015, but before October 1, 2016, VA will pay a $747 burial allowance and $747 for a plot.
    • If the Veteran died on or after October 1, 2014, but Before October 1, 2015, VA will pay a $745 burial allowance and $745 for a plot.

    If the death occurred while the Veteran was properly hospitalized by VA, or under VA contracted nursing home care, some or all of the costs for transporting the Veteran’s remains may be reimbursed.

    Note: If the Veteran dies while traveling at VA expense for the purpose of examination, treatment, or care, VA will pay burial and plot allowances and transportation expenses.


    Unclaimed Remains

    If a Veteran dies and their remains are unclaimed, the entity responsible for the burial of the Veteran would be entitled to a $300 burial allowance. If the Veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, VA may reimburse the cost of transporting the deceased Veterans remains. VA may also reimburse for the cost of a plot.