Survivors of any person who was an active or retired member of the military at time of death, or an honorably discharged veteran, could be eligible for a number of benefits, including:
- An American flag (usually drapes the casket).
- Burial in a National Cemetery.
- A bronze or granite marker.
- A lump sum payment of $300.00 is usually available to families of those veterans that were entitled to receive VA compensation or pension at time of death (such as retirees), or veterans who died while a registered patient in a VA hospital or other accredited VA facility. If one of these circumstances applies and a National Cemetery is not utilized, up to $300.00 could be reimbursed as a plot or interment allowance (requires proof of payment to a non-VA cemetery. Private cemeteries usually assist you by filing this benefit in your behalf). For veterans who die of a service-connected disability, the VA could pay an allowance to reimburse funeral costs of $2000.00 or less (no additional VA death benefits would be available). Active duty military personnel are usually entitled to a greater amount, which can vary. This benefit is usually paid by the Department of Defense.
- If not remarried, the surviving spouse is eligible for burial in the National Cemetery. Dependent children of the veteran are also eligible.
- Claims for veteran’s benefits must be filed within 2 years of death by the veteran’s family, a non-family member who can prove that the veteran’s funeral services are paid, or the funeral director. We will be pleased to make application for these benefits on your behalf if you will provide us with the veteran’s honorable discharge papers. For VA Assistance and information, phone 1-800-827-1000 or visit their website at www.va.gov
DFW National Cemetery (http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/dallasftworth.asp)
The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery was dedicated and opened for burials on May 12, 2000. Since opening, more than 5,000 burials have been conducted at the site. The cemetery is situated on a 638.4-acre parcel of land that overlooks picturesque Mountain Creek Lake. The gently rolling hills provide a pastoral setting for visitors as they proceed along the central boulevard to the small lake adjacent to the assembly area and committal shelters.
The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery has a Public Information Center (PIC) where visitors can obtain information from an automated kiosk or from volunteers who staff the PIC seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The kiosk contains the names of veterans and their eligible dependents buried at the cemetery and their grave location.
Military Funeral Honors
Military funeral honors are provided by a Joint Honor Guard whose members consist of active duty and/or full time reservists from the Joint Reserve Base-Carswell, Fort Worth, Texas. Full military honors are provided to active duty and retired members, a two or four-person detail is provided to fold and present the flag to the next-of-kin of veterans.
Directions from nearest airport:
The cemetery is located in the southwest corner of Dallas, Texas, midway between I-20 and I-30 just off Spur 408. From DFW International Airport take the airport road to HWY 183 West to HWY 360 South. Proceed South to I-20. Travel East to Mountain Creek Parkway Exit. Proceed North approximately 4 miles to cemetery.