Veterans Death Benefits

Honoring Those Who Have Served

Veterans Benefits

This list is an overview, in general a veteran is entitled to 

Military Honors, 

Burial Flag, 

Headstone, grave marker or government medallion,

Burial in National Cemetery* 

Presidential Memorial Certificate

A widow/widower of a veteran may be entitled to monthly monetary supplement if in assisted living or nursing home facility

Certain additional benefits are available if death occurs in a VA Hospital and/or the veteran has a service connected disability

In Ulster County we are fortunate to have several VFW and American Legion Posts that provide full military honors, which includes taps, 3 rifle volley and presentation of the flag.  All eligible veterans are entitled to active duty representatives of the armed force they served in.  Generally active duty personnel provide Taps and Flag Presentation, it does not include rifle volley

Burial in a National Cemetery is at no charge, it includes grave, grave opening & closing, concrete burial liner and headstone. Burial space for the spouse can also be included. 

* Ulster County now offers to Ulster County Veterans a Veterans Cemetery with in the grounds of New Paltz Rural Cemetery. The primary benefit is the grave and grave opening and closing is at no charge to the veteran, all other fees and requirements apply. 

Widow or widowers of eligible veterans may be entitled to a monthly contribution to their living expenses if they are in a approved living facility or in a nursing facility.  Restrictions apply. Contact Ulster County Veterans for full details 

Ulster County  Veterans' Service Agency

Steven J. Massee, Director

5 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 340-3190 
Fax: (845) 340-3194 
Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon-Fri 
Email: smas@co.ulster.ny.us

Service Officer: Timothy Keating; tkea@co.ulster.ny.us

The Ulster County Veterans' Service Agency (UCVSA) provides support to County veterans and their families in obtaining medical, disability, pension and education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the NYS Department of Veteran Affairs. The UCVSA also helps veterans with issues such as homelessness, burials, tax exemptions, employment, transportation and the FAVOR discount card program, and performs outreach to local communities and service organizations. 

The VA operates the medical facilities listed below in this area:

VA Outpatient/Primary Clinic
324 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 331-8322 Stratton VA Medical Center
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 626-5000

Veteran Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED - DISCHARGE FROM SERVICE INFORMATION

It is extremely important to have a copy of your discharge/DD214 available for family members and your funeral director for benefit application. 

NOTE:  Discharge/DD214 – before 1950 the term “discharge” was used for both WD AGO 53-55 or discharge certificate and the back side of the discharge form with the important information on it. 

 After 1950, the form is a DD214.  A “Certificate of Military Service” in NOT proof of service.

Here are a few important documents to help with burial benefits:

Veteran's Information
VA Burial Check List - Family

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