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My 100% Disabled Brother Just Passed Away


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My brother just passed away in the hospital. I didn't know he was even there. His wife did not let anyone know. He was supposed to come home today, but he passed away. what is VA's number. What can I do to help get him buried? Thanks

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Be sure and tell the funeral home he is a 100% Veteran.

Sorry for your loss.

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Does anyone know the phone number to the VA?

Will the goverment pay for his burial?

shall I pick the funeral home that I want, and will it be paid for?

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Sorry about your loss.

It's up to the next-of-kin to make the arrangements. The widow should take his DD-214 to the funeral home. VA is not directly involved unless the death happened in a VA hospital, nursing home, state vets NH or if the veteran is to be buried in a national cemetery. The funeral home will make all the arrangements, up to and including finding a plot in a national or state veterans (if the widow wants) cemetery, burial flag and arranging military funeral honors. The funeral home should have an access code to call a DoD toll-free number for the honors. She can order a free government headstone on VA Form 40-1330; the funeral home may not volunteer that because they are in the business of selling headstones. Same with the national cemetery entitlement. If he died of a service-connected cause, the burial allowance is $2000, a $300 plot allowance and costs for transporting the remains. For a NSC death, where the veteran was recieving comp or pension it's $300 burial allowance and $300 plot allowance. Transporation costs may or may not be paid depending on circumstances.

My brother just passed away in the hospital. I didn't know he was even there. His wife did not let anyone know. He was supposed to come home today, but he passed away. what is VA's number. What can I do to help get him buried? Thanks
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Dear Carolyn,

I'm sorry for your loss. Hand Salute to your brother!

Here's a link you'll find helpful. http://www.cem.va.gov/burial.htm

~Wings

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I should qualify "it's up to the widow..." I can also be her designate and that can be you. And the burial allowances are reimbursed, not paid up front. The person paying is the one reimbursed and then only when itemized paid invoices are submitted with a claim.

Sorry about your loss.

It's up to the next-of-kin to make the arrangements. The widow should take his DD-214 to the funeral home. VA is not directly involved unless the death happened in a VA hospital, nursing home, state vets NH or if the veteran is to be buried in a national cemetery. The funeral home will make all the arrangements, up to and including finding a plot in a national or state veterans (if the widow wants) cemetery, burial flag and arranging military funeral honors. The funeral home should have an access code to call a DoD toll-free number for the honors. She can order a free government headstone on VA Form 40-1330; the funeral home may not volunteer that because they are in the business of selling headstones. Same with the national cemetery entitlement. If he died of a service-connected cause, the burial allowance is $2000, a $300 plot allowance and costs for transporting the remains. For a NSC death, where the veteran was recieving comp or pension it's $300 burial allowance and $300 plot allowance. Transporation costs may or may not be paid depending on circumstances.

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Part 7. Burial Benefits

http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1MR.html#f

Chapter 1 - Burial Benefits and Allowance, Last Updated 4/26/05

Chapter 2 - Service Connected Death Burial Allowance, Last Updated 4/26/05

Chapter 3 - Transportation Allowance, Last Updated 4/26/05

Chapter 4 - Plot Allowance, Last Updated 4/28/06

Chapter 5 - Memorialization, Last Updated 4/26/05

Chapter 6 - Exhibits, Last Updated 4/26/05

Chapter_1_Burial_Benefits_and_Allowances.rtf

Chapter_2_Service_Connected_Death_Burial_Allowance.rtf

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Carolyn, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Please take care of yourself.

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