Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society of Central Florida is proud to serve the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to serve our country. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a variety of benefits to those who have served.
How to Apply for VA Memorial Benefits
In the event of the veteran’s death or the death of his or her spouse or dependent(s), family members should locate and gather the DD-214 or other discharge papers. After the paperwork is filed, the family should make arrangements with a funeral home or directly with a VA national cemetery. At the time of need, families simply fax the DD-214 form or other discharge papers to 1-866-900-6417 and follow up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
VA Memorial Benefits
VA aims to take special care in paying lasting tribute to veterans’ memories who served and sacrificed. VA maintains 131 VA national cemeteries in 30 states and is adding new sites to accommodate veterans and loved ones in their time of need. VA is striving to provide burial options located within about an hour’s drive of the veteran’s home.
The following burial services may be provided to veterans and their loved ones:
• Burial in a VA national cemetery
• Opening and closing of the grave, burial of cremated remains, or placement in an above-ground vault, also called a columbarium
• Perpetual care of the gravesite
• Ordering and inscription of a headstone or marker
• Provision of a burial flag
• Award of a Presidential Memorial Certificate
• Performance of a committal service with military honors
Eligible veterans may receive headstones, markers, or medallions to place in private cemeteries worldwide. Some veterans may also be eligible for VA burial allowances or use benefits for private cemetery burials that also include a headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate.
Please note that VA gravesites cannot be reserved in advance.
To learn more about VA benefits please visit their website at http://www.cem.va.gov/
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