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Automatic Funeral Benefit Grant for a Deceased Veteran
Veteran entitled to an automatic grant of funeral benefit
When a veteran dies who immediately before his or her death:
was receiving a disability pension at the:
was a prisoner of war before 1 July 2004
a funeral benefit is automatically granted upon their death.
Amount and payment of automatic grant of funeral benefit
The amount of an automatic funeral benefit is $2,000. The payment is made to the estate of the deceased veteran.
For the purposes of Part VI of the VEA, a reference to a veteran is taken to be a reference to:
- a veteran as defined in subsection 5C(1) of the VEA;
- a member of the Forces as defined in subsection 68(1) of the VEA; or
- a member of a Peacekeeping Force as defined in subsection 68(1) of the VEA.
For the purposes of Part VII of the VEA, according to subsection 5C(1), veteran means a person (including a deceased person):
- who is taken to have rendered eligible war service, or
- in respect of whom a pension is, or pensions are, payable under subsection 13(6) and
- in Part III and Part VIIC of the VEA includes a person who is:
- a Commonwealth veteran, or
- an allied veteran, or
- an allied mariner.
The Extreme Disablement Adjustment is the equivalent of 150% of the General Rate. It is payable to very severely incapacitated veterans of 65 years & over who do not qualify for the Special or Intermediate Rates.
Under Section 24 of the VEA, a veteran is eligible fo the Special Rate if they are considered to be totally and permanently incapacitated, that is if the incapacity from war-caused injury or war-caused disease, or both is of such a nature that:
- the degree of incapacity is at least 70 %; or
- the veteran is receiving/entitled to receive a pension at the 'general rate' due to Pulmonary tuberculosis;
- and because of this incapacity, the veteran is:
- incapable of undertaking remunerative work for periods aggregating more than 8 hours per week; and
- suffering a loss of salary or wages.
An allowance paid in respect of an incapacity from a war caused injury or disease resulting in amputation or blindness, as described in the table in subsection 27(1).