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Burial Benefits
The Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office can assist county residents with obtaining burial benefits for a veteran through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We will help you gather all necessary forms and assist you in filing for burial benefits. There is no fee for this service. There are four burial benefits:

Burial Allowance
VA burial allowances are partial reimbursements of an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is not service related, the reimbursements are generally described as two payments: a burial and funeral expense allowance, and a plot or interment allowance.

You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if: 
  • You paid for a veteran's burial or funeral
  • You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased veteran's employer
  • The veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable

Eligibility Conditions
In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
  • The veteran died because of a service-related disability
  • The veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death
  • The veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay
  • The veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility
  • The veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment, or care
  • The veteran had an original or reopened claim pending at the time of death and has been found entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to the date or death
  • The veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home

Burial Flags
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. Typically the burial flag is filed for by the funeral director so it is there for the service. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran’s military service to his or her country.

Headstones and Markers
The VA furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.

For an eligible veteran that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990 and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone, the VA may also furnish a headstone or marker to supplement the grave or a medallion to be affixed to the privately purchased headstone.

When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, the headstone or marker will be filed for by the national cemetery officials. If the burial is in a state cemetery or private cemetery, a Veterans Service Officer will help you file for it.

Eligibility Exceptions
Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state veterans cemetery or military post / base cemetery.

Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself; however, arrangements for placing it in a private cemetery are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.

Presidential Memorial Certificates
A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans. This program was initiated in March 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent presidents. Statutory authority for the program is Section 112, Title 38, of the United States Code.

Contact Us
T.J. Westphal
County Veterans Service Officer

David Fry
Assistant County Veterans Service Officer

Veterans Service Office
1690 W. Littleton Blvd.
Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120

Ph: 303-738-8045
Fx: 303-738-8031
TDD: 711

Please call for an appointment

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - Noon