Veterans Benefits

If the deceased was an honorably discharged U.S. war veteran, or a veteran of peacetime military service who was honorably discharged because of disability incurred in the line of duty, the U.S. Government may offer certain benefits, depending on the particular circumstances of the case and the Veteran’s eligibility.

Benefits Available

The Neilan Funeral Home will gladly apply for these benefits for you, please advice us if you would like us to apply for you.

  • Gravesite in a Veterans National Cemetery – includes grave opening, and grave liner. Spouses are also eligible.
  • Headstone or Marker
  • Burial Flag
  • Burial Benefits (under certain circumstances) – check with funeral director or Veterans Administration. 800-827-1000;
  • In Connecticut – Any Veteran with 90 Days wartime Service and discharged other than a dishonorable discharge is eligible for burial in a state veteran's cemetery. Spouses are also eligible. 800-616-3600;

Headstone or Marker



The Veterans Administration furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.

Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.

Burial Flag

The Veterans Administration (VA) provides a U.S. flag at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U. S. armed forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran’s military service to his or her country. Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin as a keepsake after its use during the funeral service.

Presidential Memorial Certificate

Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans

Eligible recipients include the deceased veteran’s next of kin and loved ones. More than one certificate may be provided

Reimbursement of Burial Expenses

Veterans Administration will pay a $300 for burial and funeral expenses allowance for veterans who, at the time of death were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled compensation but for receipt of military retirement pay. Veterans may also be eligible if death occurs in Veterans Administration facility, VA contact or state nursing home.

The Veterans Administration will pay $ 150 plot allowance when the veteran is buried in anon U.S. cemetery under the following:

  1. The veteran is discharged because of disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  2. The Veteran was in receipt of compensation or pension, or would have been if not for receiving military retired pay.
  3. The Veteran died in a VA facility.

Time Limits: There is no time limit for claiming reimbursement of burial expenses for a service-related death. In other cases, claims must be filed within 2 years of the veteran's burial.


All Veteran Administration Benefits are determined by the current VA statues. To inquire if you are eligible, please contact the VA @ 800-827-1000.

Military Funeral 

How do we arrange for a military funeral?

The Neilan Funeral Home can make arrangements for a military funeral. We will need a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers (DD214).

What is involved in a military funeral?

The American flag is draped over the casket prior to the funeral. The branch of service that your loved one served sends a military guard to stands at attention during the committal service. At the close of the service the military honor guard plays “Taps”. The American Flag covering the casket is then removed by the honor guard, and folded and presented to the next of kin.

For a burial or entombment of a cremation urn, the flag is tri-folded and placed near the urn.

How does A Flag get placed on the Veterans grave?

Every year, around Memorial Day, certain Veterans Organizations will place a flag on a Veteran grave (marked with a Veterans marker). If your loved one has not received a flag, please contact your local Veteran’s organization, i.e. VFW, or American Legion.


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