If the cause of death was service connected, the VA will pay $2,000 for burial expenses. If the cause of death was not service connected, the VA will pay $700 towards burial expenses. To obtain reimbursement, retain all your receipts for burial expenses, submit them with VA Form 21-530 “Application For Burial Benefits.” The form may be obtained from Scott F. McKee, American Legion DSO, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., RM 5201 Los Angeles, CA 90024; phone (310) 473-6534, fax (310) 479-4641 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Andy GERO
Andy Gero is a life member of the VFW, Post 1614 and the American Legion Post 288 in La Crescenta. He may be reached through the CV Weekly,
(818) 248-2740, or writing the
Crescenta Valley Weekly at 3800 La Crescenta Ave., Suite 101,
La Crescenta, CA 91214.