In addition to the ceremonial honors granted to veterans, the Veteran's Administration also helps with the costs of funeral arrangements for qualified veterans. These financial benefits include a $300 burial expense allowance if qualified (the figure is $2,000 for service related deaths), and a $300 burial plot allowance. If you do not use a national cemetery and only want to apply for reimbursement of funeral costs, you may do so by downloading and submitting the following form: Application for Burial Benefits.
Also, any honorably discharged veteran and their spouse can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Inurnment in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA is free for the veteran (the spouse is usually included, too). If you decide to bury in a VA national cemetery, your funeral director will help make the arrangements. You may also read more about VA national cemeteries here: Interments in VA National Cemeteries.
A qualified veteran is generally defined as:
If you are unsure of the eligibility of a veteran to receive these benefits, please call us. Or click here for more detailed information.
Also, as of October 1, 2011, one certified copy of the death certificate will be issued by the state of Connecticut at no charge when requested by the spouse, parent or child of an eligible veteran. See here for more information on obtaining the free copy of a veteran's death certificate.