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Determining eligibility for veterans death benefits

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2020 | Veterans' Benefits

One of the many benefits of serving in the military is assistance with funding burials and funerals for eligible veterans in Florida. Assessing a family’s circumstances can help them determine whether or not their loved one is eligible to receive death benefits.

With financial assistance in place, families of veterans who have passed away can focus their attention on grieving the loss of their loved one without the financial strain of paying for a memorial service.

Applying for death benefits

Not just anyone can apply for veterans death benefits. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, people applying for burial or funeral benefits on behalf of the deceased must have a notable relation to the veteran. Examples include a child, a surviving spouse, a parent or a legally appointed executor of the deceased’s estate.

Veterans must also meet certain requirements to receive death benefits. Those who received a dishonorable discharge forfeit many of their veterans benefits and are, in most cases, labeled ineligible for all related benefits. Eligibility is also affected if the veteran in question was currently serving in federal prison, still considered active duty or serving as a member of the U.S. Congress.

Understanding the conditions

Depending on a family’s circumstances, death benefits address various aspects of the death and memorial processes. For example, funding may cover costs related to the transport of the veteran’s body, internment and memorial services among other things. Full or partial coverage of such costs varies on a case by case basis.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reminds people that the process whereby they can apply for veterans benefits could change depending on the benefit in question. It is wise for families to read through the application process thoroughly before beginning. They may even consider working with a professional to facilitate the application process.