How to plan your legacy with the VA Survivors and Burial Benefits kit


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After the passing of a loved one who has served this country, many survivors do not know what to do or where to begin to obtain VA assistance. VA has prepared a Survivors and Burial Benefits kit to help guide Veterans, service members and their families after the loss of a loved one.

The VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit gives a description of each burial benefit, instructions on how to apply, and where to go to get assistance.

The Planning Your Legacy: VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit covers:

  • Pre-need eligibility for National Cemetery burial or memorialization
  • Memorial or burial flags
  • Government headstones or markers
  • Medallions
  • Presidential Memorial Certificates (PMC)
  • Burial benefits and burial automatic payments
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
  • Survivors pension
  • Special monthly pension benefits
  • The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMP-VA)
  • Home loan guaranty
  • Veterans Month of Death benefits
  • VA life insurance

Other features include tips on how to fill out applications with examples of completed forms. These tips examples give applicants a better understanding of how to properly fill out applications.

VA encourages Veterans and service members to discuss their military service with their dependents, as well as planning their legacy. Families and survivors should know where to locate service medical records, discharge documents, VA disability ratings, and other information. These details will be beneficial to survivors as they prepare to apply for VA benefits. Families and survivors should keep this kit in storage so that it will be available when needed. The kit is available for download here.

More Information

Additional information on survivor benefits are available for download here. Information on survivor and burial benefits can also be found here.

*Please do not reply with personal information, home addresses or Social Security numbers in the comments section. If you cannot download a copy from the links above, please call 1-800-827-1000. The VA phone representative will need the Veteran file number to generate the request in our system.


Kenyonna Power is a program analyst in VBA’s Office of Outreach and Engagement. 

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Comments

  1. BRIAN ZWEIZIG    

    Where is the download button?

    1. Charles Petras    

      CLICK ON THE WORD “HERE” AT THE END OF THE SENTENCE “Additional information on survivor benefits are available for download here. Information on survivor and burial benefits can also be found here.

  2. GEORGE SZYKULA    

    Please send me a survivor kit since i don’t have a printer.

    George Szykula

  3. Linda Veasley    

    Send burial information

  4. Linda Veasley    

    I need a copy of this burial information. Please don’t let me die, before I get a response!!

  5. Richard OConnor    

    I’m a 73 yr old 100% disabled vet with no computer, could you please send me a hard copy.
    Richard OConnor

    Thank you very much

  6. James L. Sears    

    Please email a copy to me.

  7. s smith    

    Please send me a hard copy of this. Called the phone number listed for help but it doesn’t work (asks to select option but doesn’t give you any).

  8. John Innocenti    

    Can you please mail a copy of the “Summary of VA Dependent and Survivors Benefits” and VA Survivors and Burial Benefits”\
    I am unable to print them.
    John Innocenti

  9. Doug Heugel    

    Please mail a hard copy to me.

  10. Robert Baumstark    

    May I have a kit sent to me also?

  11. JOHN BOYE EVERETT    

    I AM IN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY AND DO NOT HAVE ACC. TO A PRINTER… COULD YOU PLEASE SEND ME A COPY—=- THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  12. larry baker    

    Please mail me a survivors kit. I have no way to print out.

  13. Milford Main    

    Please mail me a copy of survivors and burial benefits kit.

  14. Henry Singleton    

    Please send me a burial kit

  15. Roaland Melrose    

    Please mail me a kit. Thanks!

    1. daniel williams    

      Please send me the Planning Your Legacy: VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit.

    2. Ronald Schmidt    

      Please send VA benefits kit, too much for printer

  16. Steve Conley    

    No printer, could use hard copy. It would be very much appreciated.

  17. Maurice W Demers    

    Too much for my printer. Can you send me a copy please? Thank you

  18. Glenn Nathan    

    Very good article. Thank you for your work. Hopefully readers will actually understand how to download and follow simple instructions.

  19. Lewis T Wallace    

    Please mail me a copy of the survivors benefit kit.

  20. ARTHUR A GUZZI    

    Please mail me a burial kit and survivors kit.’
    Thank you.

  21. kenith r preston    

    pleasze send me this as well

  22. fred brandt    

    hope all you guys get a VA response. I just lost one of my close veteran buddies.His wife called the VA and she was told it would take at least 3 weeks or more for the burial to take place she was not told how to take care of the passed away veteran.I hope they will respond in a timely way or I will have to step in since I am a 100% disabled vet. i have gone through the VA not responding to me to get medical care. I finally got their attention when I asked them if I needed to show up in person with a baseball bat to get their attention. i currently live in new mexico but I am familiar with the Dallas VA since I used to live there.I wish the VA would be more caring for our veterans.

    1. Jacqueline Bird (Washington)    

      Hello Fred Brandt. I too am a veteran, living in New Mexico. To my knowledge due to me not at 100% disability, I don’t qualify for the burial by the VA. My ex retired and didn’t get anything. His 2 boys had to pay to have him cremated. They were told he qualified for zero. When my dad at 23 year WWII veteran, his VA care was turned over the the State Medicare when he turned 65 years old. SO yes, I do agree with you 100%. I am hoping that my children will not have to bury me with no honors. I do wish the VA was more attentive to us Veterans.

  23. Timothy D Gildea    

    I would appreciate any info for survivors of disabled veterans.
    Survivors benefits
    Burial info

  24. George R Ouellette    

    How do I get a copy before I die?

  25. Spiro A Giotis    

    How do I get a copy of the survivors benefits mailed to me since I don’t have a printer to print the 68 pages .

  26. Stephen R. Couch    

    Could I have a copy sent to me. I do not have a printer.

  27. Kenneth P. Easton, Jr.    

    Please e-mail me a Survivors Veteran’s Burial Kit. Thank You!

  28. Terry Corder    

    Please mail me a copy.

  29. david john knotts    

    where do i go to get this kit, i want it. please send it to me.

    1. david john knotts    

      Please send me this. thanks

    2. Louis Mignosi    

      Can you please mail me a burial kit

  30. Frank A. Eastman    

    PLEASE SEND ME A COPY. THANKS.

  31. Steve E. Snow    

    I have the same problem, no printer. Could I get a copy of the Survivors Kit?

  32. James Gardner    

    MAY I GET A SURVIVORS KIT MAILED TO ME?

    1. MICHAEL D. SCHLENTZ    

      please EMAIL me a kit as soon as possible thanks

  33. Michael Evans-Smith    

    How does Burial Benefits Kit support Veterans like myself who Volunteered (1967-1973 USMC 3rd Recon Purple Heart Navy Commendation recipient 2 Tours in Vietnam Honorable Discharge) from Canada and who still resides in Canada?

  34. Michael A. Vestuto    

    Please send me a hard copy of the survivors benefits kit. Thanx.

  35. Donald c hill sr    

    Please email copy of survivors kit

  36. Ernest Sanders    

    I would love to have this kit. Could you please send it to me.

  37. Bruce Carlton    

    I do not see any benefits about cremations. It would be nice if they would have some different style patriotic earns to choose from!

  38. David Schumann    

    Could I get a copy of the survivors benefits mailed to me as I do not have a ptinter. Thank you, David Schumann

  39. James Madison Chalkley    

    Please send me a copy of the survivors benefits.

  40. Frank J. Gordon    

    Second time entered. Need full kit by regular mail. Unable to print.
    Thank You.

  41. Delmon Leigh Harkey    

    Could you send me a hard copy of the VA benefits package as I don’t have access to a printer

    Thank you

  42. KENNETH HILTNER    

    Can I get a complete copy mailed to me? Or they available at the VA medical centers?

  43. John Verburgt    

    Please send me a package.

    The way the country is going seems like a good idea to at least be a bit more informed. Things don’t look as good as they use to.

    J

  44. Dale Sharp Sr    

    I also do not have a printer and would like the survivor’s kit mailed to me.

    1. kenton adams    

      I also do not have a printer and would like the survivor’s kit mailed to me.

      USMC ret DAV

    2. Frank J. Gordon    

      Please send Kit by regular mail. Can’t download to unusable printer.

  45. James Clarke    

    Please email the kit and any other info which may be helpful. Thank you.

  46. Dwayne Pratt    

    Please send me a full kit please don’t have a printer.

  47. Richard Badham    

    Please Mail survivors kit to me.

    Thank you

  48. bonnie j lorang    

    Please send John Lorang, my husband, a kit.

  49. Leonard Kanatsky    

    Please send me a kit.

    Thank you!

  50. Richard DeChant    

    Please send me a kit. thank you.

  51. mike mitchell    

    please send a veteran’s benefit kit. mike mitchell

  52. Joseph Frank Auberry    

    Please send me a sur:rival kit.

  53. Jose l. Hernandez    

    Can you send me a copy of the survivors kit please. My name is Jose L. Hernandez, USN.

  54. Ralph J Roetzel    

    Please send me a kit. Not for me but for my family after I’m gone

  55. mark a froeber    

    Please send me this survivors kit. i am a 100% disabled Army Vet.

    1. David Ray Wethington    

      May I get a copy of the survivors kit mailed to me.
      Greatly appreciated.
      David Wethington

      THANK YOU

  56. Horace Bunn    

    Please send me a kit.

    1. Ronald Morales    

      The link is provided above, it is a .PDF file. Here is the link, if they allow me to post it.

      https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/docs/VASurvivorsKit.pdf

      [Editor: It’s literally hyperlinked in the blog post several times.]

  57. Steven Allen LtCol USMC Ret    

    Your information about the KIT, is very good, and was easy to download, thank you

  58. Joliann K Stewart    

    Please send me a survivors kit . thank you, Joliann Stewart

  59. Adrian Erckenbrack    

    Kindly e-mail me the kit. Thank you

  60. Robert Stephen Fish    

    Please send me a hard copy of this survivors kit.

  61. Weldon Dwight Britton    

    Like to have a kit thank you U.S.Navy

  62. Darrell L Garrett, Sr    

    Please send me the survivors kit. Thank you. My wife and I have done some research but our children wants us to finalize so they know what to do.

  63. Tom Bennington    

    Thanks for this and for quick and easy download.

    I’m amazed that, after a last phrase in the article in large bold print that all these commenters still requested the kit with a comment.

    [Editor: To be fair, I added that line after the first 80 comments… Still, there are multiple hyperlinks to the PDF in the blog post. The document can be saved to computer, phone, or emailed (to someone with a printer).]

  64. earl junior higginbotham    

    please send me a survivors kit

    1. Heyer Jim    

      I have same question. How do request copy mailed to you!

    2. Henry Hagel    

      Please send me a kit.

      Thanks,
      Henry

  65. Daniel Ellwood James    

    Kindly e-mail me the kit. Thank you.

  66. Amado Viar    

    Can this Burial Kit be mailed?

  67. Amado Viar    

    Please send me the kit, thank you.

  68. Peter Markowski    

    Please send me a kit thanks

  69. Bernard Wayne Harpe    

    Please mail me a complete kit so I can discuss it with my next of kin in preparation for my passing.

  70. Wade R Davis    

    I am trying to obtain the survivors kit. Thank you.

  71. Keith Smith    

    Please send me a kit.

  72. Dennis L Mapes    

    How does one download the Burial Benefit Kit? I want to print but the site is so vague. You need to do some work on how easy to navigate the site.

    [Editor: This blog post includes multiple hyperlinks that say “download here.” Once clicked, this enables you to download the actual burial kit. It’s a PDF that you save to your computer or phone.]

  73. rene Paradis    

    Please send me the full kit as it is information that will be needed.

    1. John C Monell    

      Please send me the information

  74. Thomas Joseph mann    

    Please mail me a kit thank you. Thomas mann

  75. Gary R. Kraft    

    Can I get a survivors kit mailed to me?

  76. Daniel Thomas Serban    

    Can I get a hard copy of the survivors benefits mailed to me I do not have a printer

  77. John E. Omillian    

    I also need a copy of survivors benefit mailed to me, no printer.

  78. thomas anhorn    

    i would be very interested in receiving the KIT, how and where can this be found?
    regards

  79. George D. Adams    

    Please send me a death benifits emailed packet.

  80. Ramona Overstreet    

    My kids dad died in August,2020. All benefits were applied for. With the exception of having his ashes interred with a headstone, none of the benefits have materialized. No funeral expenses reimbursement. No pension from her dad. Nothing other than they received the paperwork. This is ridiculous.

    1. Bruce Carlton    

      Just posted a comment on having benefits for cremations. I do not see anything on this subject. Would be nice if they had a choice of patriotic earns to choose from!

  81. Anthony Wilson    

    Please send me the survivors kit.

  82. Theodora Bessinas    

    Please send me the kit. Thank you.

  83. john dunlap    

    please send kit. have no way to print it. thank you. you have mail mailing address.

    [Editor: Most VA employees do not have access to Veteran and patient data. This is a good thing. But, that includes the Digital Media Engagement Team running this blog. We do not have your mailing address, and this blog post is not a suitable place to make a formal request for services.]

  84. Jackie Lee Simms Sr    

    Requesting a VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit. 100% total and perm. disability. Do you need my mailing address or do you have it. Thanks so much

  85. Edwin S Morimoto    

    Please mail a copy of the Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit. My address is Thank you

    [Editor: Please do not publish your contact information on the internet.]

  86. Charles D. Frieders    

    Can you mail the kit to me?

  87. Dennis FORSYTH    

    Please send me the survivors kit. I need a physical copy.

  88. BYRON r YANDERS    

    Please mail me a kit, I have NO printer……..thanks

  89. Shirl Carter    

    Please send me a survivors kit. Thanks.

  90. Tommy Thompson    

    The link in the article does not open or download a .pdf that is readable with Adobe Acrobat…

  91. richard lee    

    Please send me a VA survivors and burial benefits kit.

  92. Michael Seymour    

    Could I have a copy of the survivors mailed to me or tell me where I can pick one up my adders is Michael Seymour

    [Editor: Please do not publish your contact information on the internet.]

  93. Colleen K Darrell    

    Please mail me a packet. Cannot print.
    Thank you

  94. John M. Faulkner    

    I need a hard copy of the survivor benefit policy as well as a hard copy of the survivor benefit guide. Thanks for your assistance.
    John M Faulkner

  95. Foster E Ryan    

    Please mail a kit to me.

  96. TERRY    

    may i have a kit? thank you

  97. Dennis M Murdock    

    I prepaid for my cremation and travel from any part of the world many years ago. It’s some sort of insurance annuity that covers everything. I’m a 100% disabled Vietnam Veteran and would like to know how i GET REIMBURSED for that expense.

  98. Charles Fields    

    LOOKS LIKE NO ONE IS DOING THIS SO I FOUND THIS ADDRESS: https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/docs/VASurvivorsKit.pdf
    HOPE IT HELPS.
    CHUCK

    [Editor: This is literally hyperlinked in the blog post multiple times.]

  99. jerry murphy    

    Please send me a kit.

  100. Roberto R Diaz    

    May I please have VA survivor and benefits kit sent to me , Respectfully thank you..

  101. Jack Brown    

    Please send me the Kit for my dependents. Thank You

  102. Wayne Mortensen    

    68 pages is too much for me to print out. Is there a place where I can obtain a preprinted copy ?

  103. Paul Vinson    

    Can you send me a copy of the VA Survival and Burial Benefits kit?

  104. Douglas Lynn Vanlieu    

    Could you please send me a VA Survivors Kit.

  105. Lyn Grunze    

    Why can’t I download the kit??
    Lots of references but no apparent way to obtain!?

  106. William Wallace    

    please send me a survivor kit.

  107. Howard Fikes    

    Please mail me a copy of the Survivors Kit, my printer does not work. Thank you.

  108. Roger Proffitt    

    How do I get a copy of the survivors benefits mailed to me since I don’t have a printer?

  109. Ronald Gomez    

    How can’t I received all the papers to start getting ready and getting my family ready.

  110. james Smith    

    Yes can you please send me the survivors kit to my home address
    i dont have printer so i can print the 68 pages

    thanks for your help on this

  111. ernest b copley    

    I am in & out of the Nashville VA on a regular basis.Please list the office where I can get a hard copy of this info.Thanks

  112. Jocelyn Cox    

    Please send me a hard copy of the survivors kit.

  113. Jocelyn Cox    

    Please send me a hard copy of the survivors kit. Thank-you.

  114. Emanuel Voeltz    

    Please send me a hard copy of the Survivors Kits. 68 pages is a lot to print on my printer. Thank You.

  115. Cynthia Garia    

    I would like to have the survivors benefits mailed to me Printing out that many pages will cost a lot in ink.

  116. Carl Ray Rathburn    

    Please mail my kit. I have no way to print.

  117. James Jarrett    

    Please let me know how I can get the kit.

  118. Lloyd D Mickelson    

    How do I get a burial kit? Can I get a hard copy as opposed to sending the info to my email?

    [Editor: This blog post contains several hyperlinks to download the PDF.]

  119. Tommy R king    

    Can I get a survivors benefits mailed to me I do not have computer just a smartphone.

  120. Pat Dwyer    

    #1, How can I get a Survivor’s Kit mailed to me, I don’f have a printer and am not tech savvy.
    #2, How about LARGER PRINT, and in BOLD TYPE, for our old eyes.
    #3, And printing a blue phone number on a black background is illegible.
    #4, Mega-kudos to the nurses, docs, aides, techs, and staff at the NorCal/Bay Area V.A. hospitals and clinics: you aee The Best.

  121. Patrick Kayda Sr.    

    Please send me all the information on how to plan for my legacy with the VA Survivor and Burial Benefits.Kit.

  122. Barbara Carey    

    Please mail me a survivor benefits kit. I do not have a printer.
    Thank you.How do I find out if my husband received a medallion? We both got Covid. .Ambulance brought us to the hospital.My husband(veteran) did not make it. His children had a burial for him on December 23,2020…I was still in the hospital..so..they went forward. I am now in rehab. recovering. He was buried in Florence,SC.He was in the Korean Conflict.His name is Hy S.Goodman.

    Barbara Carey

  123. Edgar B Taylor    

    Please send me a copy of the Kit.

  124. Michael Brodzicki    

    Kindly send me a Survivor’s Kit for my family..
    Thank You

  125. Michael Brodzicki    

    Kindly send me the Survivor’s Kit.
    Thank you..

  126. Sandra Lenton    

    Would you please send me a kit? I do not have a functional printer. Thank you.

  127. Ronnie Rusch    

    Please mail me a kit. Thank you.
    We can’t print off an IPad
    contact me by “E” mail for address

  128. John F Santore    

    Please send kit to:

    Thanks

  129. Christy L. Stacy    

    Please send two hard kits. No way to print from the computer. One for me and one for my husband. We are both retired Army veterans. Thanks in advance.

  130. David Hastings    

    Where can I get a kit?

  131. David Hastings    

    I am a retired Army CW5. I know that my wife and I can share a plot, but what happens if she passed first? Would we just do a cremation and save her urn?

  132. Paul E. Kuntz Jr    

    I would like a kit mailed to me please.

  133. Timothy D Battle    

    Please send me a survival kit? My address is

  134. James Bustamante    

    Can I get the Survivors benefits Kit mailed to me as I don’t have a printer

  135. paul richard    

    please send me a kit.

  136. Jose J Solero Ferrer    

    I need a kit mailed to me ASAP.

  137. Dennis C Berry    

    Please send me the kit.

  138. Joseph Pancaro    

    Please mail me a hard copy. I do not have a printer.
    1. Survivors
    2. Burial Benefits w/kit

    Thank you, very much.
    Joseph Pancaro

  139. John M Heller    

    Please send me the survivors kit.

  140. Lemuel Adams    

    Please send me a Survivor & Burial Benefits kit

  141. Jeffrey R Weller    

    How can you obtain a copy?

  142. Gilbert Lee Boone    

    Please let my husband and myself know how we can be buried at the Military Cemetery in Jacksonville Florida. We are both Veterans. Any information would be greatly appreciated ,

    Thanks

    Gilbert Lee Boone and Anna Marie Boone

  143. Robert Skibar    

    Is there a way to receive a hard copy of the guide. 68 pages is a lot to print.

  144. Claude R Cruse    

    Would like to have a kit mailed to me as I don’t have a way to download it

  145. Thomas Lee Wisotzkey    

    Can I get a copy of survivors benefits emailed to me please?

  146. edwin c serrani    

    I am a retired Army vet, and would appreciate a kit. Thank you.

  147. William R McVes    

    Please mail me a copy. I don’t have access to a printer.

  148. THOMAS WAHL    

    Please send me a copy of the VA survivors benefits. I would like to be prepared for the eventual.

    Tom Wahl

  149. Tammie Loyal    

    Can I get a survivor kit for my brother who don’t access to internet or computer

  150. Kenneth Floyd Allmer    

    Please send me a kit or let me know where I can pick one up.

    1. Joel R Patti    

      Would like to recieve a hard copy of these benefits as I can’t print no printer .
      Thank you

    2. Leonard K Williams    

      I was ant a survivor kit,

      Leonard williams,

  151. Jose E Cordero    

    Please send me the survivors kit. Been prepared is very important.

  152. Mike Duncan    

    Find the name or title of the literature or form you need.Call your local State VA 800 number.Let them know you need a Hard Copy sent to you.They have always sent my request. Dont hold breath waiting on it.But it will come.Stay safe and thanks for what you do for your vet or being one.

    1. Susan Marie Emmerson    

      Please send me the survival kit

  153. E Gilmore    

    Please mail me kit. No way to print.

  154. James O’Brien    

    I see that medallions are part of the survivors benefits. My question is how do I get a medallion for a cousin of mine that died during W W 2. He was awarded the silver star and he does not have any medallion. Maybe you could direct me on this problem.

    1. Vicky Bair    

      Contact a Veteran Service officer in your county to ask about what to do on obtaining a medallion. I would have his death certificate and his Discharge paper. Maybe his service # which is different than SSN. at that time.

  155. Douglas Robert Vogel    

    Can l get the survivors kit mailed to me as l do not have a printer Thank you Douglas Robert Vogel.

  156. Norma Wilkins    

    Can I get this survivors kit mailed to me in large print since I’m legally blind and a 100% disabled veteran?

  157. Sharon Dubbledavenport    

    How do I get a copy of the survivors benefits mailed to me since I don’t have a printer to print the 68 pages .

    1. Wm. Kipp Marzuk    

      Please send me the death/burial information.

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