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64.101 Burial Expenses Allowance for Veterans
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
38 U.S.C. 2301, 2302, 2303, 2306, 2307, 2308.
To provide a monetary allowance not to exceed $300 toward the plot or interment expense for certain veterans not buried in a national cemetery. Up to $300 as a burial allowance is payable toward the burial expense of certain veterans. If death is the result of a service-connected disability, payments can be made to reimburse burial and funeral expenses not to exceed $2,000 or that amount authorized under 5 U.S.C. 8134(a) whichever is greater. In addition to the statutory burial allowance, the cost of transporting the veterans' remains from place of death to site of burial is paid by VA if death occurs in a VA facility. The cost of transporting the remains from place of death to the national cemetery in which space is available nearest the veteran's last place of residence may also be paid if death was due to service-connected disability, or at the time of death the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive disability compensation, and burial is in a national cemetery. A headstone or marker may be authorized. Also, an American flag to drape the casket of a veteran may be provided.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Applicant Eligibility: The person who bore the veteran's burial expense or the Funeral Director, if unpaid, is eligible for reimbursement of the burial expense. The next of kin, friend or associate of the deceased veteran is eligible for the flag.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Account Identification: 36-0155-0-1-701.
Fiscal year 2001, 91,740 burial allowances and 600,000 burial flags were given. Fiscal year 2002 estimates are 93,740 burial allowances and 532,000 burial flags.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
38 CFR 3.1600-3.1611. "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-00-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is 051-000-00220-2.
Regional or Local Office: See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: