What Is VA Forms 21P-530 Series?
The VA 21P-530 forms is a set of two forms:
- VA Form 21P-530, Application for Burial Benefits Under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 23;
- VA Form 21P-530a, State Application for Interment Allowance under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 23.
The forms from the VA Form 21P-530 series replace the VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Benefits, which is no longer in use.
VA Burial Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Burial Allowance is a one-time benefit payment payable toward the expenses of the funeral and burial of the veteran's remains. Burial includes all legal methods of disposing of the veteran's remains including, but not limited to, cremation, burial at sea, and medical school donation.
Transportation expenses can be defined as a cost of transporting the body to the place of burial paid in addition to the burial allowance when the veteran died:
- Of a service-connected disability or had a compensable service-connected disability and burial is in State Cemetery;
- While in a hospital, domiciliary or nursing home to which he or she had been properly admitted under the authority of VA; and
- En route while traveling under prior authorization of VA for the purpose of examination, treatment or care.
VA Form 21P-530 is necessary to apply for the VA Burial Allowance. This form can be filed by the veteran’s surviving spouse, their children or parents, the executor or administrator of the estate or the survivor of a legal union with the veteran.
VA Interment Allowance
VA burial allowances are partial reimbursement of an eligible veterans’ burial and funeral costs. Plot or Interment Allowance is a one-time benefit payment payable toward expenses:
- Incurred for the plot or interment if burial was not in a State Cemetery or other cemetery under the jurisdiction of the United States; the plot is a final disposition of the remains, which can be a grave, mausoleum vault, columbarium niche, to name a few; the interment is the burial in a grave or tomb, which may be accompanied by funeral rites; and
- Payable to a State if the veteran died from non-service-connected causes and was buried in a State-owned cemetery or section used solely for the remains of persons eligible for burial in a State Cemetery.
A state official completes VA Form 21P-530a to apply for a State Interment Allowance, using the data provided by the veteran’s surviving spouse, children, parents, executor or administrator of the estate, a survivor of a legal union with the veteran, or the recipient organization, or provided by the applicant who completed VA Form 21P-530.
VA Form 21P-530a contains a list of individuals, buried in a State Veterans’ cemetery, their identification data, and the information about their period of service. The VA uses the data form this form to determine the eligibility of the state for the interment allowances. Without this information, the VA would be unable to properly determine eligibility and pay benefits due to a state.