Is there funeral expense assistance available to a veteran's widow?

A fellow caregiver asked...

I'm trying to find out if my mom qualifies for widows help for a funeral because she used to be married to a vet and never remarried. She was getting money for being a widow?

Expert Answer

Rebekah Peoples, CFSP, CPC, Is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is passionate about serving others and believes that giving clients honest, accurate information empowers them to create tributes and services that are meaningful and appropriate.

This is a good question. Many times a spouse of a veteran is eligible for certain benefits during her life. Usually these are in the form of financial assistance with assisted living or nursing home costs.

The only funeral expense assistance for a veteran's widow is for a widow who is buried in a veteran's cemetery. Burial in a veterans cemetery includes these items free of charge, which saves a considerable amount of money: a grave, a burial vault, opening and closing of the grave, and a grave marker.

She is eligible to be buried in a national veterans cemetery whether her husband was buried there or not. State veterans cemeteries may have different guidelines. The Veterans Administration website has a plethora of good helpful information. If you wish to call them, their toll-free number is 1-800-827-1000.