VA Form 21P-530 Application for Burial Benefits

What Is VA Form 21P-530?

VA Form 21P-530, Application for Burial Benefits (under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 23) is a document used to apply for a burial and funeral allowance up to $2000 if a veteran's death is service related. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will also pay an allowance for non-service connected injuries. The person paying for the burial expenses may apply for reimbursement from VA. VA burial allowances are flat-rate monetary benefits. VA may grant additional benefits after receiving a claim. These include plot or interment allowance and transportation allowance.

The latest edition of the form was released by the VA in April 2017 with all previous editions obsolete. VA Form 21P-530 fillable version is available for download and can be found through the VA website.

The VA Form 21P-530 has replaced the VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Benefits.

This form is related to the VA Form 21P-530A, State Application for Interment Allowance under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 23, used specifically to determine eligibility for interment allowance. This form requires information about the veteran and the burial. It should also include the title of the state official delegated responsibility to apply for federal funds, their signature, and the date of submission.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING APPLICATION FOR BURIAL BENEFITS
(UNDER 38 U.S.C., CHAPTER 23)
IMPORTANT - READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION: The responses you submit are considered confidential (38 U.S.C. 5701). They may be disclosed
outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only if the disclosure is authorized under the Privacy Act, including the routine uses
identified in the VA system of records, 58VA21/22/28, Compensation, Pension, Education and Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment Records - VA, published in the Federal Register. The requested information is considered relevant and necessary to
determine maximum benefits under the law and is required to obtain benefits. Information submitted is subject to verification through
computer matching programs with other agencies.
RESPONDENT BURDEN: We need this information to determine your eligibility to burial benefits. Title 38, United States Code,
allows us to ask for this information. We estimate that you will need an average of 15 minutes to review the instructions, find the
information, and complete this form. VA cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless a valid OMB control number is
displayed. Valid OMB control numbers can be located on the OMB Internet Page at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. If desired,
you can call 1-800-827-1000 to get information on where to send comments or suggestions about this form.
1. GENERAL
a. ELIGIBILITY -
NON-SERVICE-CONNECTED
(1) NON-SERVICE-CONNECTED BURIAL ALLOWANCE - A one-time payment for a veteran who was receiving VA pension
or disability compensation; would have been receiving disability compensation but for the receipt of military retired pay, or had
an eligible pending claim at the time of death.
(2) SERVICE-CONNECTED BURIAL ALLOWANCE - A one-time payment for a veteran who was rated totally disabled for a
service-connected disability or disabilities; excluding individual unemployability, or who died of a service-connected
disability.
(3) VA MEDICAL CENTER DEATH BURIAL ALLOWANCE - A one-time payment for a veteran whose death was not service-
connected and who died while hospitalized by VA.
b. BURIAL ALLOWANCE - 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.
c. PLOT OR INTERMENT ALLOWANCE - A one-time benefit payment payable toward:
(1) Expenses incurred for the plot or interment if burial was not in a national cemetery or other cemetery under the jurisdiction
of the United States; OR
(2) Expenses payable to a State (or political subdivision of 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 national cemetery.
"Plot" means the final disposition site of the remains, whether it is a grave, mausoleum vault, columbarium niche, or similar place.
"Interment" means the burial of casketed remains in the ground or the placement of cremated remains into a columbarium niche.
d. TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES - The cost of transporting the body to the place of burial may be paid in addition to the burial
allowance when:
(1) The veteran died of a service-connected disability or had a compensable service-connected disability and burial is in a
national cemetery; OR
(2) The veteran died while in a hospital, domiciliary or nursing home to which he/she had been properly admitted under
authority of VA; OR
(3) The veteran died en route while traveling under prior authorization of VA for the purpose of examination, treatment; OR
(4) The veteran's remains are unclaimed and burial is in a national cemetery.
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WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING APPLICATION FOR BURIAL BENEFITS
(UNDER 38 U.S.C., CHAPTER 23)
IMPORTANT - READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION: The responses you submit are considered confidential (38 U.S.C. 5701). They may be disclosed
outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only if the disclosure is authorized under the Privacy Act, including the routine uses
identified in the VA system of records, 58VA21/22/28, Compensation, Pension, Education and Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment Records - VA, published in the Federal Register. The requested information is considered relevant and necessary to
determine maximum benefits under the law and is required to obtain benefits. Information submitted is subject to verification through
computer matching programs with other agencies.
RESPONDENT BURDEN: We need this information to determine your eligibility to burial benefits. Title 38, United States Code,
allows us to ask for this information. We estimate that you will need an average of 15 minutes to review the instructions, find the
information, and complete this form. VA cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless a valid OMB control number is
displayed. Valid OMB control numbers can be located on the OMB Internet Page at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. If desired,
you can call 1-800-827-1000 to get information on where to send comments or suggestions about this form.
1. GENERAL
a. ELIGIBILITY -
NON-SERVICE-CONNECTED
(1) NON-SERVICE-CONNECTED BURIAL ALLOWANCE - A one-time payment for a veteran who was receiving VA pension
or disability compensation; would have been receiving disability compensation but for the receipt of military retired pay, or had
an eligible pending claim at the time of death.
(2) SERVICE-CONNECTED BURIAL ALLOWANCE - A one-time payment for a veteran who was rated totally disabled for a
service-connected disability or disabilities; excluding individual unemployability, or who died of a service-connected
disability.
(3) VA MEDICAL CENTER DEATH BURIAL ALLOWANCE - A one-time payment for a veteran whose death was not service-
connected and who died while hospitalized by VA.
b. BURIAL ALLOWANCE - 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.
c. PLOT OR INTERMENT ALLOWANCE - A one-time benefit payment payable toward:
(1) Expenses incurred for the plot or interment if burial was not in a national cemetery or other cemetery under the jurisdiction
of the United States; OR
(2) Expenses payable to a State (or political subdivision of 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 national cemetery.
"Plot" means the final disposition site of the remains, whether it is a grave, mausoleum vault, columbarium niche, or similar place.
"Interment" means the burial of casketed remains in the ground or the placement of cremated remains into a columbarium niche.
d. TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES - The cost of transporting the body to the place of burial may be paid in addition to the burial
allowance when:
(1) The veteran died of a service-connected disability or had a compensable service-connected disability and burial is in a
national cemetery; OR
(2) The veteran died while in a hospital, domiciliary or nursing home to which he/she had been properly admitted under
authority of VA; OR
(3) The veteran died en route while traveling under prior authorization of VA for the purpose of examination, treatment; OR
(4) The veteran's remains are unclaimed and burial is in a national cemetery.
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2. WHO SHOULD FILE A CLAIM - VA may grant a claim that any eligible person files. Upon death of the veteran, VA will pay the
first living person to file a claim of those listed below:
(1) The veteran's surviving spouse; OR
(2) The survivor of a legal union* between the deceased veteran and the survivor; OR
(3) The veteran's children, regardless of age; OR
(4) The veteran's parents or the surviving parent; OR
(5) The executor or administrator of the deceased veteran's estate, or person acting for the deceased veteran's estate.
*For purposes of this application, legal union means a formal relationship between the veteran and the survivor that existed on the date
of the veteran's death, was recognized under the law of the State in which the couple formalized the relationship, and was evidenced by
the State's issuance of documentation memorializing the relationship.
If the veterans remains are unclaimed, VA will pay the person or entity that provided burial services for the remains of an unclaimed
veteran.
3. TIME LIMIT FOR FILING A CLAIM - A claim for non-service-connected burial allowance must be filed with VA within 2 years
after the date of the veteran's permanent burial or cremation. If a veteran's discharge was corrected after death to "Under Conditions
Other Than Dishonorable," the claim must be filed within 2 years after the date of correction. There is no time limit for the service-
connected burial allowance, plot or interment allowance, VA hospitalization death burial allowance, or reimbursement of transportation
expenses.
4. COMPLETING CLAIM BY A FIRM OR STATE AGENCY - The claim must be executed in the full name of the firm or State
agency, and show the official position or connection of the individual who signs on its behalf.
5. PROOF OF DEATH TO ACCOMPANY CLAIM - Death in a government institution does not need to be proven. In other cases, the
claimant must forward a copy of the public record of death. If proof has previously been furnished VA, it need not be submitted again.
6. STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT MUST ACCOMPANY TRANSPORTATION CLAIMS - If transported by common carrier, a receipt
must accompany the claim. All receipts for transportation charges should show the name of the veteran, the name of the person who
paid, and the amount of the charges. The itemized statement of account should show the charges made for transportation. Failure to
itemize charges may result in delay or payment of a lesser amount.
7. SERVICE RECORD - The original or certified copy of the veteran's service separation document (DD214 or equivalent) which
contains information as to the length, time, and character of service will permit prompt processing.
8. TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE - You can call us toll-free within the U.S. by dialing 1-800-827-1000. If you
are located in the local dialing area of a VA regional office, you can also call us by checking your local telephone directory. For the
hearing impaired, our TDD number is 711.
9. WHERE DO I MAIL MY COMPLETED APPLICATION? - You should mail your application to the VA regional office located
in your state. You can obtain the mailing address for VA regional offices by accessing the VA Internet web site at
www.va.gov/directory. The address is also located in the government pages of your telephone book under "United States Government,
Veterans."
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OMB Approved No. 2900-0003
Respondent Burden: 15 Minutes
Expiration Date: 04/30/2020
APPLICATION FOR BURIAL BENEFITS
(Under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 23)
(DO NOT WRITE IN THIS SPACE)
IMPORTANT - Read instructions carefully before completing form. YOUR
(VA DATE STAMP)
COMPLIANCE WITH ALL INSTRUCTIONS WILL AVOID DELAY. Type or print all
information.
NOTE: You can either complete the form online or by hand. Please print information
using blue or black ink, neatly, and legibly to help process the form.
PART I - PERSONAL INFORMATION
1. FIRST, MIDDLE, LAST NAME OF DECEASED VETERAN'S NAME
3. VA FILE NUMBER
2. VETERAN'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
C/CSS -
CLAIMANT'S PERSONAL INFORMATION
4. CLAIMANT'S NAME (First, middle initial, last)
5. CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS (Number and street or rural route, P.O. Box, City, State, ZIP Code and Country)
No. &
Street
Apt./Unit Number
City
ZIP Code/Postal Code
State/Province
Country
6. PREFERRED TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
7. PREFERRED E-MAIL ADDRESS
(Check one)
8. RELATIONSHIP OF CLAIMANT TO DECEASED VETERAN
EXECUTOR/ADMINISTRATOR OF ESTATE OR PERSON ACTING FOR THE ESTATE
SPOUSE
(Specify)
CHILD
OTHER
PARENT
PART II - INFORMATION REGARDING VETERAN
9A. DATE OF BIRTH
9B. PLACE OF BIRTH
10A. DATE OF DEATH
10B. PLACE OF DEATH
10C. DATE OF BURIAL
SERVICE INFORMATION (The following information should be furnished for the periods of the VETERAN'S ACTIVE SERVICE)
11A. ENTERED SERVICE
11C. SEPARATED FROM SERVICE
11B. SERVICE
11D. GRADE, RANK OR RATING,
NUMBER
ORGANIZATION AND BRANCH OF SERVICE
DATE
PLACE
DATE
PLACE
12. IF VETERAN SERVED UNDER NAME OTHER THAN THAT SHOWN IN ITEM 1, GIVE FULL NAME AND SERVICE RENDERED UNDER THAT NAME
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VETERAN'S SSN
PART II - CLAIM FOR BURIAL ALLOWANCE
(Check one)
(Check one)
13A. TYPE OF BURIAL ALLOWANCE REQUESTED
13B. WHERE DID THE VETERAN'S DEATH OCCUR?
NURSING HOME UNDER VA CONTRACT
VA MEDICAL CENTER
NON-SERVICE-CONNECTED DEATH
(Specify)
OTHER
STATE VETERANS HOME
SERVICE-CONNECTED DEATH
VA MEDICAL CENTER DEATH (See instructions for definition.)
(If VA Medical Center Death is checked, provide actual burial cost.)
$
14. IF YOU ARE THE DECEASED VETERAN'S SPOUSE, DID YOU
PREVIOUSLY RECEIVE A VA BURIAL ALLOWANCE?
YES
NO
15A. DID YOU INCUR EXPENSES FOR THE VETERAN'S BURIAL?
YES
NO
15B. ARE YOU SEEKING BURIAL BENEFITS FOR THE UNCLAIMED REMAINS OF A VETERAN?
YES
NO
PART III - CLAIM FOR PLOT OR INTERMENT ALLOWANCE
16. PLACE OF BURIAL OR LOCATION OF DECEASED VETERAN'S REMAINS
(Specify)
17A.DID YOU INCUR EXPENSES FOR THE VETERAN'S PLOT OR INTERMENT?
17B. WAS VETERAN BURIED IN A NATIONAL CEMETERY, OR ONE OWNED BY
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?
YES
NO
YES
NO
17C. WAS THE VETERAN BURIED IN A STATE VETERANS CEMETERY?
YES
NO
18A. DID A FEDERAL/STATE GOVERNMENT OR THE VETERAN'S
18B. AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT OR EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION
EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTE TO THE BURIAL?
$
YES
NO
(If "Yes," complete Item 18B)
PART IV - CLAIM FOR TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT
19. EXPENSES INCURED FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE VETERAN'S REMAINS FROM THE PLACE OF DEATH TO THE FINAL RESTING PLACE
(Attach itemized receipts)
$
PART V - CERTIFICATION AND SIGNATURE
I CERTIFY THAT the foregoing statements made in connection with this application on account of the named veteran are true and correct to
the best of my knowledge and belief.
20A. SIGNATURE OF CLAIMANT (Please sign in ink. If signed using an "X", complete Items
20B. OFFICIAL POSITION OF PERSON SIGNING ON BEHALF OF FIRM,
24A thru 25B) (If signing for firm, corporation, or State agency, complete Items 20B thru 21)
(Please sign in ink.)
CORPORATION OR STATE AGENCY
21. FULL NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE FIRM, CORPORATION, OR STATE AGENCY FILING AS CLAIMANT
WITNESS TO SIGNATURE IF MADE BY "X"
NOTE - If claimant signed above using an "X", signature must be witnessed by two persons to whom the person making the statement is personally known, and
the signatures and addresses of such witnesses must be shown below.
(Please sign in ink.)
22B. ADDRESS OF WITNESS
22A. SIGNATURE OF WITNESS
(Please sign in ink.)
23B. ADDRESS OF WITNESS
23A. SIGNATURE OF WITNESS
PENALTY - The law provides severe penalties which include fine or imprisonment, or both, for the willful submission of any statement or evidence of
a material fact knowing it to be false.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HEADSTONES AND MARKERS
The Department of Veterans Affairs will furnish, upon request, a Government headstone or marker at the expense of the United States for the unmarked graves of certain
individuals eligible for burial in a national cemetery, but not buried there. These individuals may include any veterans with an other than dishonorable discharge who dies
after service or any servicemember who dies on active duty. Certain other individuals may also be eligible for the headstone or marker. Headstones or markers for all
individuals in a national or post cemetery are furnished automatically without request from the family.
For additional information on burial benefits go to the web site, www.cem.va.gov/bbene_burial.asp. To obtain VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government
Headstone or Marker go to
www.va.gov/vaforms
or contact your local VA regional office. The address of that office can be found at to www.va.gov/directory.
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VA Form 21P-530 Instructions

The VA Form 21P-530 is distributed without the filling guidelines. The instructions for the form are found below.

How to Complete VA Form 21P-530?

If the surviving spouse has not received the allowance, VA will pay whoever files a claim first: 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.

At least one of the following conditions must be met:

  • The death of the veteran was the result of a service-connected disability;
  • Their discharge was other than dishonorable;
  • They received VA pension or compensation at the time of death;
  • They were entitled to receive VA pension or compensation at the time of death but instead received full military retirement or disability pay;
  • They died while being hospitalized by VA or while receiving care under VA contract;
  • They died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense or to/from a place for the purpose of examination, treatment or care;
  • They had an original or reopened claim for VA compensation or pension pending at the time of death;
  • They died on or after Oct. 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home.

The VA Form 21P-530 consists of six parts:

  1. Part I. Personal Information. Enter the deceased veteran's full name, their social security number, and their VA file number. If you are the claimant, enter your full name, current mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. State your relationship to the deceased veteran.
  2. Part II. Information Regarding Veteran. Enter the veteran's date and place of birth, date, and place of death, date of burial, dates of service, service number, grade, rank or rating, organization and branch of service.
  3. Part III. Claim for Burial Allowance. Enter the type of requested burial allowance. State where the death occurred if you have previously received a VA burial allowance (for spouses), if you incurred expenses for the burial, and if you are seeking burial benefits for the unclaimed remains of the veteran.
  4. Part IV. Claim for Plot or Interment Allowance. Enter the information about the place of burial or location of remains. State whether you incurred expenses for the veteran's plot or interment if the veteran was buried in a national cemetery, one owned by the federal government, or in a state veterans cemetery. Enter the amount of government or employer contribution.
  5. Part V. Claim for Transportation Reimbursement. Provide expenses incurred for the transportation of the veteran's remains to the final resting place.
  6. Part VI. Certification and Signature. Sign and have the form signed by two witnesses.

Where to Mail VA Form 21P-530?

The form must be submitted with the deceased's discharge document and their death certificate attached, as well as a receipt if the claimant requests the transportation allowance. The form may be presented in person or mailed to the local VA regional benefits office. An office location can be found by visiting the VA website.

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