Veterans & Military Burial Benefits
The VA does not make funeral arrangements or perform cremations. Families should make these arrangements with a funeral provider.
Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in located in Dixon about 5 miles from Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Families may choose to have a service or a visitation prior to going to the national cemetery, and come back to Bryan-Braker in Dixon or Fairfield for a reception.
Most veterans, their spouse, a nd dependent children are eligible for burial in one of the national cemeteries at no cost to the family. Currently, in California there are eight national cemeteries:
Bakersfield National Cemetery
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Golden Gate National Cemetery
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Riverside National Cemetery
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
Headstone or Marker
VA provides a headstone or marker for veterans buried in any cemetery worldwide. Bryan-Braker can help you order the headstone or marker.
An American Flag is provided to drape the casket or accompany the urn of an eligible veteran. The flag is presented to the veteran's next of kin upon burial. The funeral director will help the family obtain the flag. The law allows us to issue one flag for a Veteran's funeral. The burial flag is not suitable for outside display because of its size and fabric. It is made of cotton and can easily be damaged by weather. We cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen. However, some Veterans' organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag.
Presidential Memorial Certificates
Family and other loved ones may request these personalized certificates.
What Are VA Burial Allowances?
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: (1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot or interment allowance.
Who Is Eligible?
You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
1.) you paid for a veteran's burial or funeral, and
2.) you have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the
deceased veteran's employer, and
3.) the veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable
In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
- 1.) the veteran died because of a service-related disability, or
- 2.) the veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death, or
3.) the veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her
military retirement or disability pay, or
4.) the veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA
5.) 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, or
6.) 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, or
7.) the veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home.
How Much Does VA Pay?
Service-Related Death. VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001. VA will pay up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 10, 2001. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.
Nonservice-Related Death. VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot-interment allowance for deaths on or after December 1, 2001. The plot-interment allowance is $150 for deaths prior to December 1, 2001. If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under VA contracted nursing home care, some or all of the costs for transporting the veteran’s remains may be reimbursed.
Call Bryan-Braker for more information (707) 425-4697.
Or log onto the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Local Department of Veterans Services:
675 Texas Street
Fairfield, CA 94533
401 Amador Street
Vallejo, CA 95690
120 W. Main Street, Suite A
Woodland, California 95695
900 Coombs Street, Suite 257
Napa, CA 94559