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VA Changes Rules for Veteran and Spousal Burial Benefits | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

VA Changes Rules for Veteran and Spousal Burial Benefits

The VA has made some very important changes to its burial policy for veterans and their spouses. In the past, you could not apply for burial benefits until you were dead (seriously, no joke), but since dead people are notoriously bad at filling out paperwork, family members were left to do that task. Not anymore.

The new rule change now allows veterans to make application for burial benefits while they are still alive. Vets may also make application for their spouses at the same time.

Please note: this change does NOT apply to active duty personnel, only to those who have left the service. Also, while you can suggest a place of burial, the VA still retains the right to bury you and your spouse where plots are available at the time of death.

cemeteryOne of the nicest changes is that now spouses can quality for burial at VA cemeteries, using their vet’s eligibility status. In other words, if your vet can be interred in a cemetery, so can the spouse. The VA has announced that spousal applications can be turned in with the vet’s application. There is no need to wait for the vet’s application to be approved first.

These changes should make it much easier on vets and their spouses as now the couple can make decisions together, at the same time, and send in their paperwork as a package.

If you would like to see, or download, the new application form, go here.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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