Kent County Veterans Services provides access to burial benefits for deceased veterans or a veteran’s deceased spouse. Kent County can pay $300 to eligible applicants to offset the cost of a veteran’s burial, as well as an $80 reimbursement to eligible applicants for the placement of the free VA headstone or marker. We can also help veterans apply for federal burial benefits.
Applicants can receive these benefits if:
KCVS can help apply for federal burial benefits as well. Deceased veterans may also be entitled to federal burial benefits such as:
All veterans and their spouses are eligible for free burial at any national cemetery. The Fort Custer National Cemetery is the closest location. You can receive more information by calling (269) 731-4164.
All veterans are eligible for a free Veterans Administration Grave Marker if they died on or after December 27, 2001. Prior to that date, markers could only be given to those veterans with unmarked graves. If there is a placement cost for the marker and the Kent County Veterans Services has assisted with burial expenses, then the person that pays for the VA Marker placement is entitled to a reimbursement of up to $80. Information on obtaining grave markers can be obtained through the Funeral Director handling arrangements, or through the cemetery handling the interment.
For assistance with these matters contact:
Veterans Services: (616) 632-5722