Survivor Benefits

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Current Official Rates

Monetary Benefits

Surviving Widows/children may be eligible for two different types of monetary benefits (only 1 payable whichever is more):

  • Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) (service-connected death) $1154 Monthly (additional for other variables)

  • Improved Death Pension (non-service-connected death) (up to $1,057 monthly-spouses) (variable for children)

* This benefit is payable up to 3 different income thresholds (BASIC, HOUSEBOUND, OR AID & ATTENDANCE)

* Most commonly known as “ Aid and Attendance Benefit” which individuals are paying significant dollars out of pocket unreimbursed for medical care for activities of daily living and/or in need for protective environment living.

* Some parents may be eligible for a Parent DIC (income based benefit)

Federal Burial Allowance

If the veteran had passed due to a condition related to his service or his/her service-connected condition materially contributed then a federal burial allowance is warranted. A VA burial allowance is a partial reimbursement of an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is not service-related, the reimbursement is generally described as two (2) payments:

  • Burial and funeral expense allowance
  • Plot interment allowance (change for only veterans that pass in a VA Facility after 10/1/11)
Service-related death VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.
Non service related death VA will pay up to $500 toward burial and funeral expenses, and a $300 plot interment allowance (veterans that pass while hospitalized in VA Facility or approved contracted facility $700 after 10/1/11) If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under contracted nursing home care, the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.

County Burial Allowance

St. Clair County Allied Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Port Huron, MI

$300.00 may be payable to the funeral home in which provided burial services or if paid in full, $300.00 may be reimbursed.

Application may be completed at the Department of Veterans Affairs office (or local county veterans office of county in which the deceased veteran resided). Please, provide a copy of the funeral bill (indicating paid or unpaid), a copy of DD214, and a copy of the death certificate.



  • 90 days of active service, or
  • Honorably discharged because of service connected disability during a war time era, and
  • Dies not possessed of an estate, both real and personal, exceeding the sum of $40,000.00, over and above all encumbrances, and
  • Was a resident of the state at the time of death and a resident of the state for a period of 6 months before entering the service ;or
  • For a period of 3 years immediately before death; and
  • Application is received within 2 years from date of death

Note: If the deceased did not leave a dependent surviving, but did leave an estate sufficient to meet lawful claims, including burial expenses, then the $300.00 will not be paid.

Veterans Memorial Service

Mike & Barb Gurnsey and Chuck Teller volunteering to raise money towards the Honor Guard Fund at the Maverick Poker House
St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council
Memorial Services Detail

Military Funeral Honors
Federal Burial & Memorial Benefits

Contact: City of Port Huron Clerks Office
(810) 984-9725
  Supervisor of Lakeside & Allied Veterans Memorial Cemetery
(810) 987-6000

Certain sections of the City's cemeteries have been set aside to honor those Port Huron residents who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States in time of war. Interments in these sections will be restricted to veterans, as they have been defined in this section.

St. Clair County Allied Veterans Memorial Cemetery
* Honorably discharged veterans only, does not include spouse

  • City of Port Huron Resident: Free
  • Non-Resident: $650

St. Clair County Allied Veterans Columbarium
* Honorably discharged veterans and their spouse

Niches in the Veterans' Columbaria are available for purchase by all honorably discharged veterans. Niches are for inurnment of cremains only.

  • City of Port Huron Resident: $400
    • Opening and Closing Niche for Veteran: $50
    • Opening and Closing Niche for Veteran's Spouse: $50
  • Non-Resident: $600
    • Opening and Closing Niche for Veteran: $100
    • Opening and Closing Niche for Veteran's Spouse: $100
Initial cost includes:
  • Maximum of Two (2) cremains per niche (veteran & spouse).
  • Containers of the cremains must be a size to fit two (2) of them in a niche approximately 12" x 12" x 12".
  • Niches are to be used for inurnment of cremains only.
  • Cremains will not be placed in a niche unless full payment has been made.
Plaques: Veterans may apply for a Government niche either through the funeral home of choice or the St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Contact Information

St. Clair Co. Department of Veterans Affairs
200 Grand River, Suite 104
Port Huron, MI 48060
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
(closed for lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Phone: (810) 989-6945
Fax: (810) 966-4682
Email: St. Clair Co. Veterans Affairs
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