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From Chuck Weber, your Veteran Service Officer...
VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit Access


After the passing of a loved one who has served this country, many survivors do not know what to do or where to begin to obtain VA assistance. VA has prepared a Survivors and Burial Benefits kit to help guide Veterans, service members and their families after the loss of a loved one. The Kit gives a description of each burial benefit, instructions on how to apply, and where to go to get assistance. It covers:

     Pre-need eligibility for National Cemetery burial or memorialization
Memorial or burial flags
Government headstones or markers
Presidential Memorial Certificates (PMC)
Burial benefits and burial automatic payments
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Survivors pension
Special monthly pension benefits
The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMP-VA)
Home loan guaranty
Veterans Month of Death benefits
VA life insurance

      Other features include tips on how to fill out applications with examples of completed forms. These tips examples give applicants a better understanding of how to properly fill out applications. VA encourages Veterans and service members to discuss their military service with their dependents, as well as planning their legacy. Families and survivors should know where to locate service medical records, discharge documents, VA disability ratings, and other information. These details will be beneficial to survivors as they prepare to apply for VA benefits. Families and survivors should keep this kit in storage so that it will be available when needed. The Planning Your Legacy VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit is available for download at https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/docs/VASurvivorsKit.pdf.

Source:  Vantage Point Blog Update | March 2, 2021


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