Stillbirth Resources / Posted 1 year ago / 559 views
This resource is also personal to our family as we were NOT informed of this when are daughter, Saniyah, passed away. I had to find this benefit on my own and jump through all types of hoops as the Patient Administration at our duty station failed to inform me of this. Our daughter was born under 20 weeks so my husband’s life insurance did not assist with any burial/cremation expenses and we had to pay for everything out of pocket (we were quoted $3,000 and up). Thankfully, I am a Social Worker and was able to call around to multiple funeral homes and also had family and friends who assisted us. However, I know that this is not the case for everyone and at a time where I should have been grieving, I was forced to call funeral homes to obtain quotes in a short amount of time (her remains had to be “picked up” within 72 hours of discharging for the hospital). Unfortunately, because I found out about this after, I paid out of pocket for her to be cremated. I still am not ready for her remains to not be with me, but at least I know if I ever decide she can be buried at a National Cemetery with us.
Below is the information on the process and please feel free to message me if you need any help. I also will attach a sample of the letter of eligibility required as that was very difficult to obtain.
Veterans, service members, spouses, and dependents may qualify for burial in a VA national cemetery, as well as other benefits, if they meet one of the requirements listed below.
One of these must be true. The person qualifying for burial benefits is:
The spouse, surviving spouse (which for purposes of this chapter includes a surviving spouse who had a subsequent remarriage), minor child (which for purposes of this chapter includes a child under 21 years of age, or under 23 years of age if pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution), and, in the discretion of the Secretary,unmarried adult child of any of the persons listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) and paragraph (7), and the spouse, minor child, and, in the discretion of the Secretary, unmarried adult child of a member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, as shown by a statement from a general court-martial convening authority, at the time of the spouse’s or child’s death if such death occurs before October 1, 2024.
This includes children who are born stillborn/fetal demises!!!! If they give you a hard time, please CONTACT ME!!!
When a Veteran, service member, or family member qualifies for burial in a VA national cemetery, they receive certain burial benefits at no cost to their family.
These burial benefits include:
At the time of need, the person planning the burial can also request other VA memorial items as well as military funeral honors provided by the Department of Defense. These items and honors have other eligibility requirements.
To apply, you’ll need your (or your sponsor’s):
The documents listed below may be used to establish honorable active military service. NCA will accept the following documents, with some exceptions, to verify eligibility when requesting a headstone or marker.
* A DD Form 256 or DD Form 257 must indicate a period of active duty service dates to be a valid document for eligibility determination purposes.
** Valid only if active duty service dates are indicated.
*** The DD Form 214 has been issued by all military services since January 1, 1950. Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms were used by the military services.
**** NGB Form 22 can be used to verify eligibility if it indicates prior active federal service other than for training or a minimum of 20 years total service for pay.
|DA 1569||Transcript of Military Record|
|DD 2A||Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)|
|DD 2AF||Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)|
|DD 2CG||Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)|
|DD 2MC||Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)|
|DD 2N||Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)|
|DD 2NOAA||Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)|
|DD 2 (Retired)||US Uniformed Services Identification Card|
|DD 13||Statement of Service|
|DD 214 ***||Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty|
|DD 217||Discharge Certificate|
|DD 256A *||Honorable Discharge Certificate|
|DD 256AF *||Honorable Discharge Certificate|
|DD 256CG *||Honorable Discharge Certificate|
|DD 256MC *||Honorable Discharge Certificate|
|DD 256N *||Honorable Discharge Certificate|
|DD 257A *||General Discharge Certificate|
|DD 257AF *||General Discharge Certificate|
|DD 257CG *||General Discharge Certificate|
|DD 257MC *||General Discharge Certificate|
|DD 257N *||General Discharge Certificate|
|DD 303||Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge|
|DD 303AF||Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge|
|DD 303CG||Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge|
|DD 303MC||Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge|
|DD 303N||Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge|
|DD 1300||Report of Casualty|
|ADJ 545||Discharge Certificate|
|Army DS ODF||Honorable Discharge from the United States Army|
|AGO 525||Discharge Certificate|
|AGO 755||Discharge Certificate|
|AGO 01252||Discharge Certificate|
|AGO 01254||Transcript of Military Record|
|AGO 01502||Discharge Certificate|
|WD AGO 53||Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge|
|WD AGO 53-55||Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge|
|WD AGO 53-58||Enlisted Record and Report of Separation General Discharge|
|WD AGO 53-90||Certificate of Service|
|WD AGO 53-98||Military Record and Report of Separation Certificate of Service|
|WD AGO 55||Honorable Discharge from The Army of the United States|
|WD AGO 280||Certificate of Service, AVS|
|WD AGO 525||Honorable Discharge from the United States Army|
|WD AGO 755||Honorable Discharge, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps|
|WD AGO 0729||Honorable Discharge from Army of the United States of America|
|WD AGO 01502||Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge Certificate|
|WD AGO 01504||Discharge Certificate|
|Bureau of Investigation No. 6||Discharge Certificate|
|Bureau of Investigation No. 53||Discharge Certificate|
|Bureau of Investigation No. 118||Discharge Certificate|
|Bureau of Investigation No. 213 **||Discharge from U. S. Naval Reserve Force|
|Form No. 6, U.S.N.||Discharge Certificate|
|Navy (No number)||War Service Certificate|
|NAVCG-553||Notice of Separation from U.S. Coast Guard|
|NAVCG-2510||Honorable Discharge, U.S. Coast Guard|
|NAVMC-455||U.S. Marine Corps Certificate of Service, In Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge Certificate|
|NAVMC 70-PD||Honorable Discharge, U.S. Marine Corps|
|NAVMC 78-PD||U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation|
|NMC 258 A&I||Discharge Certificate|
|NMC 2571 A&I||Honorable Discharge, U.S. Marine Corps|
|NAVPERS-553||Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service|
|NAVPERS-563||Navy Discharge-Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service|
|NAVPERS-566||Standard Statement of Service|
|NAVPERS-660||Honorable Discharge from U.S. Navy|
|NAVPERS-661||Certificate of Discharge, U.S. Naval Service|
|NGB 22 ****||Report of Separation and Record of Service, Departments of the Army and the Air Force, National Guard Bureau|
|NOAA Form 56-16||Report of Transfer or Discharge|
|PHS Form 1867||Statement of Service – Verification of Status of Commissioned Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service|
|VA Adjudication 545||Summary of Record of Active Service|
|VA 3101||Official Retirement Order|
|Official Retirement Register|
|Reserve Retirement Eligibility Benefits Letter|
|Verification of Service letter from the VA|
Once you confirm you have the eligibility documents, use this checklist to make decisions prior to calling the National Cemetery Scheduling Office:
You’ll need to tell us:
If the person is a Veteran or Reservist, you’ll also need to tell us if you’d like burial honors or memorial items, such as:
The funeral director you’ve chosen can help you with these steps too:
The National Cemetery Scheduling Office is open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. The office is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Burials at national cemeteries take place Monday through Friday. When there’s a federal holiday on a Monday or Friday, cemeteries may schedule burials either on the actual holiday or on one of the days over the holiday weekend. The National Cemetery Scheduling Office can tell you the available burial times for each cemetery.
If you’re the spouse of record (the legally recognized spouse) or a designated (legally chosen) family member of a Veteran, you may be able to get financial help for burial and funeral costs.
Find out how to apply for a Veterans burial allowance