Retirees, as well as their dependents can be buried in any VA National Cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, and most State Veterans Cemeteries for free. While VA and Arlington National Cemeteries charge no fees for a veteran to be buried there. They may charge a fee for a veteran's spouse to be buried with the veteran, though. Most State Veterans Cemeteries have residency requirements, and some charge a small fee for the burial of dependents.
The VA will also provide a free headstone or marker for the retiree's remains at any cemetery in the world.
VA will also issue a burial allowance to retirees. The amount varies depending on the cause of death. If a retiree dies as a result of their military service it is higher. If they die in a VA hospital it is even higher.
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