Your veterans’ benefits cover a number of resources aside from the right to apply for disability benefits. Veterans have the option to be buried in one of the military cemeteries across the U.S. A recent land acquisition by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will result in two new Florida cemeteries for veterans’ families to bury their loved ones.
Currently, the VA operates 131 military cemeteries open veterans and their immediate family, i.e. spouses and eligible dependent children. These cemeteries are in 39 states and Puerto Rico, with Florida serving as home to six national military cemeteries, three of which were opened in the past five years.
Military Cemeteries in Eastern Central Florida
If you live in the Brevard County area and served in the armed forces, as part of your veterans benefits you may choose to be buried in the newly acquired 318-acre area formerly known as Acosta Groves. This land is located on U.S. Route 1 in Scottsmoor, about two miles from Interstate 95.
The new cemetery will serve veterans and their immediate family who currently do not have an open national, state or tribal Veterans’ cemetery within 75 miles of their home. This cemetery will open up burial options to those on the east coast. The St. Augustine National Cemetery has been closed to new burials since 1997, leaving only the Jacksonville National Cemetery to serve the central east coast until now.
Military Cemeteries in the Florida Panhandle
Tallahassee is the home to the second recently acquired land to serve as a new military cemetery. Currently, the Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola serves the western panhandle and parts of Alabama; it was recently expanded.
The new property in Tallahassee covers 250 acres in Leon County bordering U.S. Highway 27 known as Apalachee Parkway. This development will serve those with veterans benefits in northern Florida, southwestern Georgia, and southeastern Alabama.
Veterans Benefits for Burial
All veterans who received a discharge other than dishonorable are eligible for burial in military cemeteries. This goes for disabled veterans, and the spouses and eligible dependents of these veterans. Also, military servicemembers who die while on active duty may also elect to be buried in a national cemetery.
There are more than 3.8 million Americans including veterans of every war and conflict, as well as their family members, buried in these national cemeteries. As the years pass, more veterans are buried in military cemeteries, making expansion a continuing need.
Burial accommodations are just one of the many benefits you and your family may be entitled to. Veterans who suffered a combat-related illness or injury that resulted in disability can also claim veterans’ disability benefits.
Disabled veterans considering applying for disability benefits – or those whose application has already been denied – may consult with the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group in South Florida. To discuss your eligibility for certain programs and veterans’ benefits, contact us today at 1-855-855-8992.