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Veterans Burial and Survivor Benefits

Folding a flag

The Weld County Veterans Service Office can assist county residents with obtaining burial benefits for a veteran through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We will help you gather all necessary forms and assist you in filing for burial benefits. There is no fee for this service.

There are four burial benefits:

  • Burial Allowance
  • Flag
  • Headstone / Marker
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate
Burial Allowance

VA burial allowances are partial reimbursements of an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is not service related, the reimbursements are generally described as two payments: a burial and funeral expense allowance, and a plot or interment allowance.

You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:

  • You paid for a veteran's burial or funeral
  • You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased veteran's employer
  • The veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable
Eligibility Conditions
In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
  • The veteran died because of a service-related disability
  • The veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death
  • The veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay
  • The veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility
  • The veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment, or care
  • The veteran had an original or reopened claim pending at the time of death and has been found entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to the date or death
  • The veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home
Burial Flags
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Typically the burial flag is filed for by the funeral director so it is there for the service. It is furnished to honor the memory of a Veteran’s military service to his or her country.

Headstones and Markers

For eligible veterans, the VA furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world.

For eligible veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990 and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone, the VA may also furnish a headstone or marker to supplement the graves or a Medallion to be affixed to the privately purchased headstone.


When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, the headstone or marker will be filed for by the national cemetery officials. If the burial is in a state cemetery or private cemetery, a veteran service officer will help you file for it.

Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself; however, arrangements for placing it in a private cemetery are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.

Eligibility Exceptions
Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state veteran's cemetery or military post / base cemetery.
Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.

 

This program was initiated in March 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent presidents.

 

Statutory authority for the program is Section 112, Title 38, of the United States Code.

Survivor Death Benefits

Survivors of Veterans may be entitled to two types of benefits:

· Dependents Indemnity Compensation for a service-connected death

· Death Pension – based on wartime service and low income of the widow

The criteria for Survivor Death Benefits are:

  • Veterans cause of death was service connected
  • or Veteran died on active duty
  • or Veteran had a 100% Service Connected Disability for more than 10 years
  • and Spouse and veteran not separated at the time of death
  • and No willful misconduct on part of Veteran to cause death
  • or Continuously rated totally disabled from date of military discharge and at least 5 years immediately preceding death

 

 

Please contact the Weld County Veterans Service Office for more information on Burial & Survivor Benefits requirements. We will help you to gather all necessary forms and assist you in the enrollment process

CONTACT INFORMATION

Veterans Services

1008 9th ST
Greeley, CO 80631

Office Hours

Monday -Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - Noon


Amber Peplinski
Veterans Service Officer Supervisor

Phone: (970) 400-3444
Email: apeplinski@weldgov.com


Wendy Nally
Assistant Veterans Service Officer

Phone: (970) 400-3447
Email: wnally@weldgov.com


Nickie Phillips
Assistant Veterans Service Officer

Phone: (970) 400-3445
Email: nphillips@weldgov.com