Veteran's Benefits and Medicaid Spend Down

Veteran's Benefits

There are various  benefits available through the Department of Veteran's Affairs and the National Cemetery Administration to help defray the costs of a funeral and burial at Michigan Memorial.  Below is brief information about these benefits, however, we recommend that you contact a Michigan Memorial Representative for more guidance.  The following is a brief summary of your benefits.  For a full explanation of benefits and eligibility, please visit the VA's Burial Benefits Page:

Burial benefits available for Veterans buried in a private cemetery may include a Government headstone, marker or medallion, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family.  Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. There are not any VA benefits available to spouses and dependents buried in a private cemetery.

Potential Questions to Ask Regarding Burial in a Private Cemetery

VA-NCA-IS-1 Interments in VA National Cemeteries — provides information on the National Cemetery Administration's history, arranging a burial in a national cemetery, military honors, burial eligibility and locations of national and state Veterans cemeteries.

Medicaid Spend Down

Did you know that funds placed in an irrevocable prepaid funeral contract are considered unavailable and thus are not counted as an asset?  Find out more information on spend downs by contacting Michigan Memorial Funeral Home at 734-783-2646