Funeral and Burial Benefits for Service Members


Service members folding the American flag

The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs offer many benefits to ensure that service members who die on active duty receive recognition and dignified burial services, and that survivors are offered care and help. In general, any service member discharged under conditions other than dishonorable is eligible to receive Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs funeral and burial benefits.

It is Department of Defense policy that all service members' remains are handled with the utmost dignity and care.

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