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Death of a Veteran

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Help With Passing Veterans

When a member of our Military or a Veteran passes away and the family needs help with funeral arrangements, here are some suggestions:

  • It is recommended that you contact a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) to find out what benefits you may or may not have available to you or the family of the Veteran.
  • Most funeral directors have access to, and programs for, passing Veterans.  Please let them know your family member was a Veteran.
  • If your family member was an active member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Veterans (AMVETS), or the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), they might be able to help with some of the arrangements for a military funeral.
  • If your family or the passing Veteran was, or is part of a church group, talking to the chaplain, minister, pastor, priest or rabbi should be able to help with some of the arrangements.




Funerals - Plan Ahead Programs

If you are the survivor of a Veteran, you may be eligible for survivors's benefits
For more information, contact an accredited AVVA or VVA Veteran Service Officer, or call the VBA at (800) 827-1000

Key Documents You May Need both before and after the death of a Veteran - It is recommended that your family maintains a record of the following documents:

  • Veterans discharge papers, DD214, or separation papers.
  • All marriage and divorce decrees for spouse and the Veteran.
  • All minor children's birth certificates.
  • Social Security numbers for the entire Veterans family.
  • All medical evaluation boards, disability ratings, or Social Security awards.
  • All hospital records, surgical reports, and treatment records; and
  • A certified copy of any death certificates.
(Revised 25May20 at 0330)


For Medical or Physical Emergencies:

  • If you or someone you are helping is hurt or in imminent danger, please get to a phone and dial 9-1-1 for immediate help.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, or facing a crisis, dial 2-1-1 in Indy or 1-(866) 211-9966 for immediate help.
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence dial 1-(800) 332-7385 in Indy for help.

For Non-Emergencies:

  • If you are a Veteran, or a family member of a Veteran, in search of information on how to get goods or services you/they may need, you can dial 2-1-1or contact one of the Service Providers or Veterans Organizations listed on our "Resources" page.
  • Cellphone users in Marion County may now dial 3-1-1 to reach the non-emergency line for IMPD and other Marion County dispatchers. The non-emergency phone number for callers using landlines is (317) 327-3811.

Please Note:

  • VSC & MACV are not providers of any financial assistance or direct services other than Information and Referrals on where to get goods, services, programs, and benefits for Veterans, Military, and their Families.


Disclaimer:

  • This is a private website that is NOT affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or the U.S. or Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • We reserve the right to monitor the content of this website and regret that some recommended resources may not be accepted for one reason or another. 
  • The information and organizations listed on this website do not necessarily mean that we endorse their information and/or their resources.  We have done our best to include information and resources that could contribute to and benefit our Veterans, the Military Community, and their Families.

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