Armed Forces News

The Department of Veterans Affairs has published a summary of programs that assist survivors of service members who died on active duty. Included are burial benefits for the deceased member that include a gravesite in any VA national cemetery with available space; perpetual care of the grave at no cost to the family; a government headstone or marker; a Presidential Memorial Certificate; Dependency and Indemnity Compensation at a monthly rate of $967 for a surviving spouse, or more if there are dependent children; and life insurance, which most military members carry at the highest level of $250,000. Other benefits are burial flags, military funeral honors upon request (visit militaryfuneralhonors), health care, educational assistance for survivors of members killed in action, home loans, and refund of the service member