Burial Benefits

County Burial Benefits

A burial benefit of $100 is payable towards the funeral expense of an honorably discharged wartime veteran. The veteran must be a legal resident of Butler County at the time of his/her death. The widow(er) is entitled to a $100 burial benefit provided she/he was a Butler County resident. (County Code, Section 1909, 1910)

The funeral director is directly responsible for applying for county burial benefits. They have one year from the date of death to submit the application to this office.

Burial Benefit Applications Fillable

A Funeral Home/Director is the only one able to submit the county burial application to this office. Please fax to our designated fax line for burials 724-431-2370 or email to burial@co.butler.pa.us. Please include the funeral bill, death certificate, and discharge (if you have it) with the application for processing.

Federal Burial Benefits

VA burial allowances are flat-rate monetary benefits that are generally paid at the maximum amount authorized by law for an eligible Veteran’s burial and funeral costs. VA may grant additional benefits, including the plot or interment allowance and transportation allowance, if it receives a claim for these benefits.

Not every veteran is eligible for Federal Burial Benefits. To qualify the veteran must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Receiving VA Compensation
  • Receiving VA Pension/Aid & Attendance
  • Pass away at a VA Medical Center
  • Pass away at a State Veterans home or VA-Contracted facility

Federal Burial Application

In order to apply for Federal Burial Benefits supporting documentation is needed. The Department of Veterans Affairs requires the following: Federal Burial Benefit Application, Funeral Bill, Death Certificate, and Discharge. We will apply for this benefit for you at this office with receipt of the county burial application as long as the veteran meets the requirements.

Wartime Dates

Wartime dates are as follows:

WarWar Time
World War IIDecember 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
Korean WarJune 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
Vietnam War

August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975
(In Country - November, 1 1955 through May 7, 1965)

Persian Gulf

August 2, 1990 - cessation of hostilities as determined by the U.S. Government