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What You Need to Know about Veterans Burial Benefits

Published: March 26, 2020

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Learn more about burial benefits veterans may receive.

Those who have bravely served our country deserve to be laid to rest with respect and honor. The VA provides certain veterans burial benefits, but it can be challenging to sort it all out when faced with the passing of a loved one. Whether you are current or former service member who’s interested in pre-planning your final arrangements or you’re a loved one of a veteran who has recently passed, it’s important to know what veteran funeral benefits may be available.

Basic Veterans Burial Benefits

There are certain basic services that eligible veterans, their spouses, and their dependent children may be entitled to receive at no cost. These veteran benefits include a space for interment in a national cemetery, a government headstone or marker, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, a burial flag, a grave liner, opening and closing of the grave, and ongoing care of the cemetery plot. Burial spaces cannot be arranged or reserved but are made available as needed. Some state cemeteries also offer burial spaces to veterans at no cost.

Funeral and Cremation Services

Generally, the veterans Administration doesn’t pay for funeral expenses such as embalming, cremation, casket, viewing, flowers, memorial service, obituary, or transportation. However, there may be an allowance for a portion of these expenses, depending on the veteran’s status. The staff at the funeral home you choose to use can help you understand how veteran benefits for final arrangements work and ensure you receive all the benefits to which you may be entitled.

Who Is Eligible for Veterans Burial Benefits & Allowances?

To receive veterans’ burial benefits, you must have served in the Armed Forces, which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The person being laid to rest must also have a discharge that is not dishonorable. Eligibility for certain discharges are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Veterans Regional Office. National Guard and reservists may also qualify for veterans’ burial benefits, depending on their retirement status or whether they passed away while on active duty or official orders. Spouses and children may be eligible for benefits if they pass before a veteran. In rare cases, parents of a veteran may be eligible as well.

Private Cemetery Veterans Burial Benefits

If a veteran is buried in a private cemetery, they may receive a government headstone, marker or medallion, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a burial flag. The VA doesn’t pay for cemetery plots or the opening and closing of the grave at a private cemetery.

Pre-Planning & Veterans Burial Benefits

If you’re a veteran who’s interested in pre-planning your final arrangements, you can determine your eligibility for veterans burial benefits through the VA Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program. The funeral home you choose can then assist you with whatever cremation service or other arrangements you wish. Pre-planning can give you peace of mind and allow you to make final arrangements according to your own wishes. It also takes the emotional and financial burden of making final arrangements off your loved ones, which can enable them to grieve and celebrate your life without having to worry about planning a funeral service.

Contact Holloway Funeral Home to Learn More

At Holloway Funeral Home, we have more than 30 years of experience in planning and coordinating veterans’ burial benefits. The compassionate staff at our Oldsmar funeral home helps you through this difficult time by making the process as easy as possible. Whether you are looking for pre-planning cremation services in Oldsmar or would like to make traditional funeral arrangements for a loved one, we offer a wide range of services tailored to meet your individual needs and your budget. We serve veterans and their families in Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Westchase, Largo, and throughout the state of Florida. To get started, call us at 813-855-2439 today.

What are the Benefits of Prepaid Funeral Plans

Published: March 2, 2020

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What is so beneficial about a prepaid funeral plan?

Planning is an important part of a funeral. Putting a loved one to rest is a significant event in most people’s lives. Prepaid funeral plans enable you to take the some of the emotional and financial weight off your loved one’s shoulders and make specific arrangements according to your own wishes.

What Is A Prepaid Funeral Plan?

With the expense of funerals rising each year, many people opt to prepay for their own final arrangements to lock in the cost at the time of purchase. This means that when it comes time for your funeral, your family won’t have to pay any more for the specific funeral planning services you have selected. Whether you choose a traditional burial or cremation services, there is sure to be prepaid funeral plans to fit your budget. All you have to do is contact or stop by a funeral home and inquire about what types of prepaid funeral plans they offer. Most funeral homes offer online prepaid funeral planning services as well.

Advantages of Prepaid Funeral Plans

Peace of Mind

Taking care of these important details and paying for funeral planning services ahead of time can give you peace of mind, knowing your family won’t need to face the financial or emotional burden of making final arrangements after your passing. In addition, they won’t have to guess about what you would have wanted, which can help them avoid conflict during an already difficult time.


The cost of the services and products you choose stay the same, no matter how early you do prepaid funeral planning. Most funeral homes offer several types of payment options, from a one-time fee for all services and products to monthly payment plans that can make it more affordable for you. The funeral home keeps the prepaid funds in the form of an insurance policy or trust that will be available upon your death. If you move, most funeral homes will transfer your policy or funds to another funeral home if necessary.


With prepaid funeral plans, you get to select the options you want for your final arrangements, according to your beliefs and how you want to be remembered. Some people opt for a traditional service with visitation, a casket, and burial or cremation. Others choose to do cremation preplanning and have their ashes scattered in a place they love. It’s all up to you. Many people include family members or friends in their preplanning, as they also want to take their loved one's feelings into consideration and discuss details like whether there will be a formal service right away or a celebration of life at a later time and place.

Special Considerations for Veterans

If you’re a veteran, there are certain benefits to which you’re entitled, such as burial in a national cemetery, a headstone, and no charge for opening or closing the grave or setting the marker. Prepaid funeral plans allow you to select and pay for the rest of the services you choose and ensure your service and sacrifice are properly honored after your passing.

Types of Services Included in Prepaid Funeral Plans

The cost and services included in each prepaid funeral plan varies. Make a list of everything you’d like to include in your arrangements, such as visitation, limousine service, chapel use, church services, and products like caskets, urns, and commemorative jewelry. The planner at the funeral home will be happy to work with you and develop a prepaid funeral plan that meets your specific needs.

Contact Holloway Funeral Home to Learn More about Prepaid Funeral Plans

At Holloway Funeral Home, we offer a variety of prepaid funeral plans that are tailored to meet your individual preferences. Whether you’re looking for preplanning cremation services in Oldsmar or need assistance with funeral arrangements for a loved one, our knowledgeable, compassionate staff is here to help. Our funeral home in Oldsmar serves the communities of Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Westchase, Largo, and families throughout the state of Florida. To get started, call us at 813-855-2439 today to schedule a no-cost consultation and to learn more about our prepaid funeral services and plans.

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