The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does an excellent job providing VETERANS BURIAL BENEFITS if you use a VA National Cemetery for Burial.
The VA does not provide or pay for funeral or cremation arrangements, transportation or military honors all of which can be arranged through your local Certified Veterans & Family Memorial Care Provider.
The VA prepares the gravesite, carries out the burial, furnishes a headstone or marker, and a flag and provides perpetual care. Most VA National Cemeteries accommodate cremation inurnment in addition to traditional casket burial. Gravesites cannot be reserved thru the VA.
When a veteran or a surviving spouse dies without sufficient means for funeral expenses, the County Board of Supervisors is responsible to ensure that burial will not be in a portion of ground used exclusively for burial of paupers. A suitable plot will be used, and the county may apply to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for expenses not to exceed $150.00 A.R.S. § 11- 313.
When the county buries an indigent veteran, the county clerk will make an application to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a suitable headstone and make arrangements for it to be placed at the head of the grave. A.R.S. § 11 - 312.