Benefits for Veterans

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is proud to offer an array of cremation packages and services to those who proudly served our country. The American Veterans Cremation Program was developed to assist veterans and their families with the bureaucracy and numerous forms associated with obtaining monetary, service and recognition benefits provided by the government. Research has shown that most veterans do not receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled. Generally, all that we need to begin the process is a copy of the veteran's discharge paper called a "Report of Separation from the Armed Forces of the United States" otherwise known as "DD Form 214." If this form or its equivalent is not available, we can guide you in obtaining documentation showing proof of military service. Our counselors are especially trained to handle every detail in making crematory arrangements for veterans, including applying for monetary benefits from the Veterans Administration, coordinating with state and federal VA cemeteries, arranging and scheduling military honors, obtaining a flag and ordering the veterans cemetery marker. The special packages offered as part of our American Veterans Cremation program are only available to veterans and their families.

 Veterans' Benefits (paid upon death should you be eligible)

Benefits for veterans who die at a VA hospital or other VA facility:

  1. A set burial or cremation allowance.
  2. A set plot allowance if plot is not located in a state or national cemetery.
  3. Transportation to funeral home if death occurred at or en route to/from VA hospital or VA nursing home (our charges reimbursed)
  4. Transportation to place of interment or services (our charges reimbursed)

 

Benefits for veterans who die outside a VA Facility:

Scenario #1: VA service connected disability pension
  1. A set burial or cremation allowance.
  2. A set plot allowance if plot is not located in a state or national cemetery.
  3. If veteran is service connected, transportation will be paid only if buried in a National Cemetery.


Scenario #2: VA support pension
  1. A set burial/cremation allowance
  2. A set plot allowance if plot is not located in a state or national cemetery.
  3. No transport money is allowed, ever.


Scenario #3: 100% service connected Veteran
  1. Must have died from service connected illness or injury. If so, a portion of the funeral or cremation costs will be reimbursed to the family. The amount of reimbursement varies and is set by the Veterans Administration.
*All Vets and their spouses, with honorable discharge & with one day of active duty are entitled to free cemetery property, headstone for a ground burial or bronze marker for niche inurnment, opening and closing and perpetual care at any National Cemetery. At the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, the family is responsible for the cost of casket vault and a non-veterans spouse fee of $350.

 

 Military Honors

Many people do not know that military honors services are available to all veterans regardless of rank or location of burial. The military does not accept payment for these services under any circumstance. Our staff will do their best to set as many honors as they can. We consider the ordering of military honors a priority. 

Military Honors
Military honors are performed if honors team is available. Because of cutbacks and limited staff we sometimes use an honors team from a group such as a local VFW or DAV. Rules about military honors often change. 

Burial Flag
Eligible deceased veteran's families will receive a flag. Veteran must have been honorably discharged. Flag is folded and presented to next-of-kin or close friend of veteran. Cremation Society will obtain flag. 

Gun Salute
Three soldiers fire three volleys of ammunition. Eligible veterans may receive gun salute conducted by active U.S. Military personnel. Other veterans may receive gun salute conducted by members of a local VFW or American Legion in exchange for a donation to the organization. Sometimes available, never guaranteed.

Bugler to play "taps"
Lone soldier plays "taps." This is an extremely solemn occasion. 

Burial in a State or National Cemetery
All honorably discharged veterans are entitled to free gravespace for the veteran, spouse and dependent children. 

Conditions to be met: 

  • Honorably discharged veteran serving any length of time before 9/7/80. 
  • Veterans entering service after this time must serve 24 months of continuous active duty or for the full time for which the person was called to active duty 

All associated cemetery services and merchandise are also free. 

Headstone or Marker 
In a State or National Cemetery a veteran, spouse and/or dependent children receive space on a free headstone or marker. If burial is in a private cemetery, government will provide a simple headstone or marker for the veteran only. A medallion may be ordered in place of a headstone or marker if the grave is in a private cemetery and is already marked. Only veterans whose death occurred on or after Nov. 1, 1990 are eligible for medallions. 

Memorial Monuments
These monuments are used for: 

  • Cremation when the ashes are scattered. 
  • Burial At Sea. 
  • Veterans whose remains are non-recoverable. 

Burial Flag 

  • For casket burial: Flag is draped on casket of veteran. After the funeral, flag is presented to next of kin.
  • For cremation: Flag is folded and placed on pedestal next to urn. After the ceremony, flag is presented to next of kin.

 

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