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Burials & Memorials Benefits

VA benefits for spouses, dependents, survivors, and family caregivers

As the spouse or dependent child of a Veteran or service member, you may qualify for certain benefits, like health care, life insurance, or money to help pay for school or training. As the survivor of a Veteran or service member, you may qualify for added benefits, including help with burial costs and survivor compensation.

If you’re caring for a Veteran, you may also be eligible for support to help you better care for the Veteran—and for yourself. Find out which benefits you may qualify for and how to access them.


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Benefits for spouses, dependents, and survivors


Health care 

  • Find out if you may qualify for health care through our CHAMPVA program, the Department of Defense's TRICARE program, or one of our programs related to a Veteran's service-connected disability. If you already have health care through VA, learn how to manage your health and benefits. For spouse, dependent child, surviving spouse, surviving child


Education and training 

  • Find out if you may be eligible for help paying for school or job training through our Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program (also called Chapter 35) or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. And learn about how a Veteran may transfer their unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to you. For spouse, dependent child, surviving spouse, surviving child



  • Find out how to get free educational and career counseling if you're a dependent family member who is eligible for VA education benefits. For spouse, dependent child


Home loan programs or financial counseling 

  • Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for VA home loan programs to buy, build, repair, or refinance a home. Or, if you're having trouble making mortgage payments on a VA-backed loan, get help to avoid foreclosure and keep your house. For surviving spouse


Life insurance options, claims, and beneficiary assistance 

  • Learn how to apply for Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) coverage, explore other coverage options, and manage an existing policy. If you're the beneficiary of a Veteran's or service member's policy, find out how to get free financial advice and will preparation services. For spouse, dependent child, surviving spouse, surviving child


Pre-need eligibility determination for burial in a VA national cemetery 

  • Apply in advance for eligiblity to be buried in a VA national cemetery. This can help you plan ahead to make the burial process easier for your family in their time of need. For spouse, dependent child, surviving spouse, surviving child


Burial benefits and memorial items 

  • Get step-by-step guidance on how to plan a burial in a VA national cemetery, or in a state or tribal government Veterans cemetery. You can also apply for help paying for burial costs, request memorial items, and learn about bereavement (grief) counseling and transition support. For surviving spouse, surviving child, surviving parent


Survivors Pension 

  • If you're the surviving spouse or child of a Veteran with wartime service, find out if you're eligible for monthly pension benefits. For surviving spouse, surviving child.


Compensation for surviving spouse and dependents (DIC) 

  • If you’re the surviving spouse, child, or parent of a service member who died in the line of duty, or the survivor of a Veteran who died from a service-related injury or illness, find out how to apply for this tax-free monetary benefit. For surviving spouse, surviving child, surviving parent

Support and services for caregivers of Veterans


The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers 

  • Learn more about eligibility for this program and how to apply. The program offers support and services for family caregivers of eligible Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty during certain time periods and meet other eligibility requirements.


The Program of General Caregiver Support Services 

  • Find out how to get resources, education, and support available to caregivers of eligible Veterans from all eras. For this program, the Veteran doesn't need to have a service-connected condition, for which the caregiver is needed, and may have served during any era. We don't require a formal application for this program.

More resources for those supporting a Veteran or service member


VA Fiduciary Program 

  • Find out how to apply to become a fiduciary who manages benefits for a Veteran who can't manage their financial affairs because of injury, health conditions, or age.


Fisher House Program 

  • Learn about free, temporary accommodations where you can stay to be near a Veteran or active-duty service member who's receiving treatment in a VA health facility far from home.


Coaching into Care 

  • Connect with a licensed psychologist or social worker for guidance on how to support a Veteran who's readjusting to civilian life, dealing with mental health problems, or wanting to find services through VA or the community.


Help a Veteran find benefits


VA health care for Veterans

  • Health care benefits and online health management tools for Veterans with service-connected disabilities or who meet other eligibility requirements


Disability compensation

  • Monthly payments and online benefit management tools for conditions related to military service


Veterans Pension

  • Monthly payments for wartime Veterans with limited or no income who meet certain age and disability requirements


Housing assistance for Veterans and service members

  • Home loan programs for Veterans and service members, and disability housing grants to help Veterans with service-connected disabilities make changes to their home so they can live as independently as possible


Life insurance

  • Life insurance options and online policy management tools for Veterans and their families

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