Help with funeral costs for veterans in England and Wales

Although it is often an emotionally difficult time, it is important to consider getting help with funeral costs.

Help from the state

You may be eligible for financial help if you are on a low income or claim certain benefits. See the GOV.UK website for more information.

If the deceased died in Service

If the deceased died in Service, the Armed Forces will pay for many of the funeral expenses. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

If the deceased was a war pensioner

If the deceased was claiming a war pension, and their death was caused by, or hastened by an injury incurred while serving, you can make a claim for help with funeral costs through Veterans UK. You must make a claim within three months of the funeral.

Who else can help?

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion may be able to help with some of the funeral costs following the death of a veteran. Or they can help you apply for support elsewhere. To speak to the Legion, contact them at:

Telephone: 0808 802 8080
Website: The Royal British Legion

SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity

SSAFA provide support groups and advice for anyone suffering bereavement. They can help you secure financial assistance alongside other practical help. Get in touch at:

Telephone: 0800 260 6767
Website: SSAFA


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