Are You an Honorably Discharged Veteran?

Riverside National Cemetery Has Room Available. You and Your Spouse Can Each Save up to $12,000 on Your Burial Expenses.

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What Burial Benefits Are Free For Veterans?

The government will pay for many of your burial expenses. Unfortunately, some veterans don’t know about the free benefits they’re entitled to.
As a result, they pay full price for their burial. Here are the free benefits the VA offers veterans with honorable discharges.


FREE BURIAL PLOT

The government offers a free plot for you and your spouse at any open national cemetery.


FREE HEADSTONE

Your free headstone is made of granite or marble. You can select a grave marker instead of a headstone.


FREE GRAVELINER

A grave liner prevents unbalanced soil from collapsing on your casket.


FREE U.S. BURIAL FLAG

free headstone is made of granite or marble. You can select a grave marker instead of a headstone.


FREE PRESIDENTIAL MEMORIAL CERTIFICATE

An engraved paper certificate signed by the current president, designed to honor your service.


FREE PERPETUAL CARE

Maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery grounds, including landscaping and general cleanliness.


FREE MEMORIAL SERVICE

Your ceremony will be enhanced with military funeral honors. This includes the U.S. flag folding presentation and TAPS.


FREE OPENING AND CLOSING OF THE GRAVE

Skilled workers handle your casket with the utmost care to prevent damage.

 

F.A.Q.

Frequently asked questions

Are Your Children Eligible for Burial Benefits?

Only in limited cases. If your children are under 21 years old and unmarried, they’re eligible for burial. That coverage extends to 23 if they’re a full-time student. Moreover, children of veterans are eligible at any age if they’re physically or mentally disabled, rendering them incapable of self-support.

Are Your Parents Eligible for Burial Benefits?

They are permitted burial benefits in select cases. First, this coverage only applies to parents of unmarried veterans who died after October 7, 2001. Second, the death must have occurred in combat or during a training injury. Third, the veteran must be buried in an open national cemetery. If those three conditions are met, the parents are eligible for burial benefits at that national cemetery.

When Are Spouses Eligible?

Spouses married to veterans are eligible for burial benefits. Spouses divorced from veterans are not eligible for benefits. If a spouse is separated (but still married) to a veteran, they’re eligible for burial benefits. Likewise, surviving spouses are eligible if their veteran partner died after January 1, 2000, even if they re-marry with a non-veteran.

Does a Dishonorable Discharge Nullify Your Burial Benefits?

Yes. Veterans who receive a dishonorable discharge are not eligible for burial benefits.

Does Illegal Activity Nullify Your Veteran Benefits?

Usually not. However, there are three serious crimes the VA will strip your burial benefits for. These three crimes are murder, a Tier III sex offense, or attempting to overthrow the U.S government.

Are World War II Merchant Mariners Eligible for Benefits?

In most cases, they are. Merchant Mariners are eligible if they had oceangoing service from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946.

Are Armed Forces Members Eligible If They Fought For a U.S. Ally?

It depends. First, this U.S. ally must have fought a war in partnership with the United States. Second, you must be a U.S. citizen to claim benefits in this case.

Are Reservists Eligible for Burial Benefits?

Usually they are not. Some exceptions apply. For instance, reservists who are eligible for retired pay are also allowed to claim burial benefits. Reservists who are disabled or killed in training are also eligible for benefits.

Can You Tell Me More About Medallions?

Yes, please take a look at a sample here. A medallion signifies the deceased’s status as a veteran. It is for private graves. Veterans cannot receive a grave marker and a medallion.

Is Los Angeles National Cemetery Accepting New Veteran Burials?

Right now, Los Angeles National Cemetery is not accepting new burials. According to officials, they have virtually no room left. In special cases, burial there is possible. For instance, veterans may be able to share a gravesite with a family member already buried there. Additionally, burial spaces open up when a body is exhumed, although this is a rare event. For the most part, Los Angeles National Cemetery doesn’t accept new veteran burials.

Are You Eligible For Benefits at a Private Cemetery?

If you select burial in a private cemetery, you can still claim certain burial benefits. With a private cemetery, you’re eligible for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, a burial flag, and your own headstone. Certain benefits can only be claimed at a national cemetery. For example, a plot, a headstone for your spouse, a grave liner, perpetual care, and opening and closing of the grave are only available for free at a national cemetery.

What Are Riverside National Cemetery’s Hours?

The office of Riverside National Cemetery is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Memorial Day, the office is open longer, providing availability from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The office is closed on all federal holidays except Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Visiting hours are 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

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