An estimated 62,000 Surviving Spouses Benefit from Regulation Changes
New burial regulations effective today will now allow VA to automatically pay the maximum amount allowable under law to most eligible surviving spouses more quickly and efficiently, without the need for a written application.
Under former regulations, VA paid burial benefits on a reimbursement basis, which required survivors to submit receipts for relatively small one-time payments that VA generally paid at the maximum amount permitted by law.
“VA is committed to improving the speed and ease of delivery of monetary burial benefits to Veterans’ survivors during their time of need,” said Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson. “The recent changes allow VA to help these survivors bear the cost of funerals by changing regulations to get them the benefits more quickly.”
Read the full press release here.
For more information on monetary burial benefits, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-special-burial.asp.