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Federal Benefits

Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 125 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the veteran's headstone, at no cost to the family.  Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the veteran.

To confirm eligibility for burial benefits, please contact a Veteran's Benefits Counselor at 1-800-827-1000.


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City Benefits

The Human Resources Administration (HRA) will provide financial assistance to individuals in need of assistance to meet funeral expenses.  These funds are available when an indigent resident of NYC dies who may have been in receipt of SSI, Public Assistance (PA),or no public benefits at all, without leaving funds to cover their burial expenses and there is no relative or friends willing or able to pay funeral expenses.

The Burial Claim Unit is located at 25 Chapel Street 6th floor, Brooklyn NY 11201.  Tel 718-473-8310; Fax 718-473-8292