What Benefits Do Veterans Get?


Veterans have many benefits and services available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

Note that there are eligibility requirements for all benefits and services. To browse topics on VA resources and support, go to: www.va.gov/resources

Services Offered by VA’s National Cemetery Administration 


Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for eligible Veterans, their spouses, and their dependents at no cost to the family. It includes the following:

  • Gravesite

  • Perpetual care

  • Opening and closing of the grave

  • Headstone or marker

For Veterans, benefits also include:

  • A burial flag.

  • A medallion.

  • Military funeral honors.

  • Presidential Memorial Certificates (PMC), if requested by family members and other loved ones of deceased Veterans.

Bereavement Counseling

VA Vet Centers provide bereavement counseling to all family members, including spouses, children, parents, and siblings of Service members who died while on active duty. This includes Federally activated members of the National Guard and Reserve components. Bereavement counseling services may be accessed by making a request through the nearest VA Vet Center.

Benefits Offered by VA’s Benefits Administration

Financial benefits are offered for surviving spouses and dependents. They include:

  • Dependency and indemnity compensation.

  • A survivor's pension.

  • A life insurance and Department of Defence (DoD) death gratuity. 

  • The Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) and Service members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) are life insurance products offered to Veterans and active-duty personnel. Both programs are voluntary and Service members and Veterans may opt out. 

  • The DoD extends a death gratuity payment to beneficiaries identified by the Service member before deployment.

  • A VA home loan guarantee. 

Educational Benefits for Dependents and Survivors 

VA provides educational assistance in the form of the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program to qualifying dependents. 

Health Care Benefits for Survivors 

Under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), certain dependents and Survivors can receive reimbursement for most medical expenses, including:

  • Outpatient.

  • Inpatient.

  • Mental health.

  • Prescription medication.

  • Skilled nursing care.

  • Durable medical equipment.

Decision Review Appeals – Reviewing Benefit Decisions 

Veterans and other claimants for VA benefits have the right to request a review of decisions made by a VA regional office, medical center, or National Cemetery Administration (NCA) office.

Typical issues appealed are disability compensation, pension, education benefits, recovery of overpayments, reimbursement for unauthorized medical services, and denial of burial and memorial benefits. A claimant usually has one year from the date of the notification of a VA decision to file an appeal.

Outside Agencies Offering Support to Survivors

  • The DoD offers extensive services to the surviving family of Service members who died on active duty. 

  • The Social Security Administration offers benefits to surviving families based on the earning history of the deceased.

  • The Office of Personnel Management extends Veterans preference hiring status to the spouses and surviving spouses of active-duty military; 100% disabled Veterans; Veterans killed in action or who have died due to a service-connected injury or illness. 

  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Many VA benefits available to Survivors and their dependents are tax-exempt.

  • The American Battle Monuments Commission. “No-fee” passports may be available to immediate family members (spouse, children, parents, brothers, and sisters) to visit their loved one’s grave or memorialization site at an American military cemetery on foreign soil. 


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