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Things to do When a Veteran Dies
Contact the Funeral Director of your choice to arrange for interment.
If the burial is at Fort Snelling Cemetery, request a Military Funeral
and Honor Guard from the National Cemetery of local Post.
Contact the Pastor of your church to arrange for the services you desire.
Bring to the Funeral Director, a copy of the Veteranís discharge, separation
notice or DD-214, VA Claim Number, if known, and Veteranís social security
The Funeral Director will apply for any burial entitlements from the Department
of Veterans Affairs toward burial expenses and also the allowance from
Social Security for burial.
The Funeral Director will apply for the flag to drape the casket.
If the Veteran is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Post Commander
should be contacted for the Ritual Service, firing squad, if any, and casket
bearers, if needed.
If the Veteran had G.I. Insurance, contact the County Veterans Service
Officer for assistance in completing the forms. If it is commercial
insurance, contact an agent of the company that insured the Veteran.
Spouse should contact Social Security Office to file for benefits that
may be available for self and for children.
The County Veterans Service Officer will assist the spouse and children
in obtaining any benefits to which they may be entitled such as, survivors
death benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and headstone if
burial is in a private cemetery. Bring to the County Veterans Service
Officer the following information when applying for benefits:
If the claimant resides in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, it may be more
convenient to come to the:
Certified copy of the deceased Veterans service record (discharge).
The Department of Veterans Affairs Claim Number if there is one.
Social Security numbers of the deceased Veteran, spouse and dependent children.
G.I. Insurance policies, if any.
Certified copies of marriage, birth certificates of children and, if any,
prior marriages existed, the information regarding when, where, and how
dissolved (death or divorce).
Certified copy of death certificate of Veteran.
This page, together with a Veteran's Informational Gathering Form, is
available for easy printing in a .PDF format. It requires the Adobe
Acrobat Reader plug-in that may be obtained at no charge by clicking the
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS CLAIMS OFFICE
Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, Room 184
1 Federal Drive, St. Paul, MN 55111-4007
Phone (612) 726-1777 or (612) 970-5660 or FAX (612) 726-1633
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