Benefits and Information
Loved ones who survive any person who was an active duty or retired member of the United States military at the time of death, or an honorably discharged veteran, may be eligible for several benefits including:
- Burial in a National or State Cemetery - where the a plot and opening and closing of the grave is free of charge to the veteran. Some (not all) National and State Cemeteries also provide an outer burial container free of charge at the time of burial. If the veteran has not remarried, the surviving spouse is eligible for burial in the National or State Cemetery, along with a dependent child of the veteran who would also be eligible.
- An American Flag.
- The veteran is also eligible for a flat bronze, granite, or marble marker, an upright granite or marble marker, bronze medallion and Bronze Star flag holder. There is no time limit for a family who desires to apply for a veteran's marker.
Our funeral home staff will be pleased to prepare these applications for the benefits above on your behalf, at which time you will be required to provide us with the Veteran's Honorable Discharge papers (DD-214). If you do not have these papers available we would be glad to assist you in acquiring them.- The surviving spouse or person responsible for the veteran's final expenses may be entitled to monetary reimbursement for burial, plot and/or transportation if the veteran was:
-receiving a pension at the time of passing
-receiving compensation at the time of passing (such as retirees)
-the death was due to a service connected disability, or,
-the veteran died while under the care of a VA Facility.
A lump sum payment of $300.00 to $700.00 is usually available to families if they meet one of the requirements listed above. If the veteran passes of a service connected disability, there could be up to a $2,000.00 reimbursement if they qualify. For a death that occurs for an active duty military personnel the amount of monetary reimbursement may be a greater amount, which can vary.
In Clay and Cass Counties we are honored to have two great Veteran Service Offices serving our veterans. For information regarding benefits don't hesitate to contact us or the Veteran Service Offices at:
Clay County Veteran's Service Office
715 11th St. N. Suite 103
Moorhead, MN 56560
Cass County Veteran's Service Office
211 9th St. S.
P.O. Box 2806
Fargo, ND 58108
Or you may contact the National Veteran's Office at:
or their website