Free Cremation for Vets!

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How much can I get if I’m a veteran?
Did you know the US government will reimburse veteran families that qualify up to $893 for a burial or cremation?

Since Cremstar's starting price for a direct cremation is also $893, that's like getting your cremation for free.

The US government will also pay an additional $231 for an urn, and the state will provide free death certificates. And if you inter that urn in a columbarium, they'll reimburse you up to yet another $893 just for that!

How do I find out if I'm eligible?
To see who is eligible and to apply for reimbursement online, visit the VA website. Or, open and print this PDF application .

Or, if you'd prefer to order a copy of our comprehensive Veterans Planning Kit so that you're ready when the time comes, visit our Forms & Kits page. The Veterans Planning Kit contains:

  • Checklist of what to do for Veterans planning ahead with their Next-of-Kin (NOK)
  • Checklist of what to do for the Veteran's NOK
  • VA Print Application for Reimbursement
  • Questions the NOK will need to answer on the Cremstar online forms after the passing

You may wish to contact an accredited Veterans Service Officer (VSO) to assist you with your application. You may also contact your state office of Veterans Affairs should you need further assistance with the application process.

Or call the VA for benefits information at (800) 827-1000.

How does it work?
If a veteran has died and you believe they qualify, you must first order and pay for the cremation online at (PA and NJ only, for now.).

And don't forget to order an urn up to $231 in value. They'll cover that too.

Cremstar will provide you with all of the paperwork you need to obtain reimbursement from the VA. This includes:
  • Receipt for payment
  • Statement of Funeral Goods and Services Selected

You have two years from the time of the passing to apply for reimbursement from the VA.

The VA will review your application and, if the veteran was honorably discharged and in good standing, you'll be reimbursed up to $893 for the cremation. They will also reimburse you up to $231 for an urn.

During your lifetime, you served your country with dignity and respect. The least we can do is make sure you're treated the same way as you move on. We at Cremstar are proud to support this veterans program.

With every Cremstar cremation, we plant a tree in memory of the fallen. They will never be forgotten.

If you'd like to designate someone other than a traditional NOK to determine the final disposition of your body after you pass, order a copy of our Designated Agent Kit.


If you have any questions, please contact us:
  • By phone: (888) 802-0999, available 24/7. (Se Habla Español.)
  • By email: [email protected]
  • By chat: 7AM - 10PM Eastern Time, seven days a week; click on the round red chat button on the bottom right of the screen.

If you are in immediate need because a death has already occurred, order a direct cremation now. If a death is imminent (i.e. in a matter of days or weeks), visit the Cremstar Cremation Cost Calculator for a price quote and to email yourself a customized "Order Now" link so that you're ready when the death occurs. If you are preparing for the future, visit our Planning Ahead section.