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Veteran Benefits

Most veterans are entitled to a number of death benefits. If you are an honorably discharged veteran or a spouse of a veteran, you may qualify for burial benefits, including a free gravesite, burial, perpetual care, headstone and more. The local veteran's cemetery in Central PA is Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, located in Annville.

National Guard and Reserve duty does not currently qualify for veteran status.

You will need to provide a copy of the service record (DD214, WDAGO, NAVPRS) when applying for the following benefits:

  • Free Bronze or Granite Marker - a flat bronze or granite marker for the cemetery will be provided by the Veterans Administration.
  • Federal Burial Benefits - A lump sum payment of $300.00 is usually available to families of those veterans who were entitled to receive VA compensation or pension at time of death (such as retirees), or veterans who died while a registered patient in a VA hospital or other accredited VA facility. If one of these criteria applies, and a National Cemetery not utilized, up to $150.00 could be reimbursed as a plot or interment allowance (requires proof of payment to a non-VA cemetery. Private cemeteries usually assist you by filing this benefit in your behalf). For veterans who die of a service-connected disability, the VA could pay an allowance to reimburse funeral costs of $1500.00 or less (no additional VA death benefits would be available). Active duty military personnel are usually entitled to a greater amount, which can vary.
  • County Veteran Benefit - of $100.00 which the County pays toward funeral services for veterans who served during a war and for a spouse of a deceased veteran.
  • U.S. Flag for burial purposes.
  • 10 Free Death Certificates - these will come directly to the survivors from the Pennsylvania Department of Vital Records.
  • Claims for Veteran's Benefits must be filed within 2 years of death by the veteran's family, a non-family member who can prove that the veteran's funeral services are paid, or the funeral director. We will be pleased to make application for these benefits on your behalf if you will provide us with the veteran's Honorable Discharge papers.


For VA Assistance and Information, phone 1-800-827-1000 or visit their website at www.va.gov.

Maybe you've received cemetery sales calls about veteran's burial benefits, only to find out later that the "free plot" is tied to an expensive package. At Parthemore, we want to give you the real facts about your veteran's benefits. We would be happy to provide you with free information on all the details and veteran eligibility requirements at no obligation to you.

Please click here to request more information. You can also contact us by phone at 717-774-7721.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Offers Bereavement Counseling
and Survivor Assistance


Vet Centers: This service of the VA welcomes home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling to them and their families. In addition, Vet Centers offer bereavement counseling to parents, siblings, spouses and children of armed forces personnel who die in the service to our country. Family members of reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on federally activated duty are also eligible Visit www.vetcenter.va.gov for more information.

Office of Survivors Assistance: The VA offers a wide range of benefits The Office of Survivors Assistance is a VA program designed to provide dedicated and comprehensive support to Survivors and dependents of deceased Veterans and members of the Armed Services. Visit www.va.gov/survivors for more information. Additional information can also be found by visiting www.vba.va.gov/bln/dependents.


Veterans Affairs Adds
Online Gravesite Locator

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has just launched a new web site that helps people locate the burial locations of veterans and their family members. The VA has compiled information on the burial site of over 3 million veteran and dependents, who were buried after 1997.

The locator includes records from military cemeteries, as well as private cemeteries, which have veteran grave markers. Searches on the web site range from simple searches based on name to more advanced searches. The VA gravesite locator can be found online at http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov.

 

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