There has been some confusion lately as to who handles veterans burial benefits in Monroe County.
Ken Moore from the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency says last year, the agency's burial specialists processed about 1,500 veterans deaths in the county. These are vets who pass away in the VA facility or receive a VA check each month. They are entitled to a $1,000 burial assistance. If it is a service related death, assistance can go up to $2,000 plus a headstone or markers.
If a loved one is deceased and he or she is a veteran, tell a funeral director who will notify the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency of their passing and the burial specialist will process the proper paperwork for benefits due to the veteran.
For more information, call the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency at 585-753-6040 or visit the Veterans Service Agency website.