New regulations automate burial payments for veterans’ survivors

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Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 05:39 PM.

WASHINGTON — New burial regulations now allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to automatically pay  the maximum amount allowable under law to most eligible surviving spouses, without need for a written application.

The VA can pay a burial allowance to an estimated 62,000 eligible surviving spouses out of a projected 140,000 claimants for burial benefits in 2014.  Surviving spouses will be paid upon notice of the veteran’s death using information in VA systems.

The burial allowance for a non-service-connected death is $300; it's $2,000 for a death connected to military service.

Under former regulations, VA paid burial benefits on a reimbursement basis, which required survivors to submit receipts for relatively small one-time payments that VA generally paid at the maximum amount permitted by law.

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