Burial Assistance

Marquette County Veterans Affairs provides access to burial benefits for deceased veterans or a veteran’s deceased spouse. Marquette County can pay $300 to eligible applicants to offset the cost of a veteran’s burial. We can also help veterans apply for federal burial benefits.

County Benefits

Required Info:

  • Completed Burial Allowance Application, signed by the mortician
  • DD 214 or similar showing dates of active service and character of discharge
  • Death certificate, showing Marquette county as decedent’s home of residence
  • Invoice from the funeral home showing cost of services, current balance, and name of the person responsible for costs.

Applicants can receive these benefits if:

  • Veteran meets criteria for wartime era service
  • The deceased person is the spouse of a veteran
  • The applicant’s assets are not excessive
  • The veteran or spouse was a resident of Marquette County at the time of death

Federal Benefits

MCVA can help apply for federal burial benefits as well. Deceased veterans may also be entitled to federal burial benefits such as:

  • Federal burial allowances
  • Free VA Headstone or Marker
  • Burial flags
  • Presidential Memorial certificates

Interment in National Cemeteries

All veterans and their spouses are eligible for free burial at any national cemetery. The Fort Custer National Cemetery is the closest location. You can receive more information by calling (269) 731-4164.

Grave Markers and Foundation

Veterans are eligible for a free Veterans Administration Grave Marker if they died on or after December 27, 2001. Prior to that date, markers could only be given to those veterans with unmarked graves. If there is a placement cost for the marker and the Marquette County Veterans Affairs has assisted with burial expenses, then the person that pays for the VA Marker placement is entitled to a reimbursement of up to $80. Information on obtaining grave markers can be obtained through the Funeral Director handling arrangements, or through the cemetery handling the interment.