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Help and support when a veteran or service person dies

The death of a family member is a difficult time. We provide a number of free services to families when a veteran or service person dies.

Please note there are changes to our services in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see Coronavirus – Changes to Veterans UK Services.

What to do when a service person or veteran dies

Information about the services and support available to the families and loved ones of deceased armed forces personnel and veterans.

Support after a veteran has died due to service before 6 April 2005

You may be entitled to War Widows or Widowers Pension if your husband, wife or civil partner died as a result of their service in Her Majesty’s (HM) Armed Forces before 6 April 2005.

Support after the death of a service person or veteran was predominantly caused by service on or after 6 April 2005

Information about bereavement compensation for families and dependants of armed forces personnel whose death was predominantly caused by service on or after 6 April 2005.

Financial assistance towards education costs for children of service personnel whose death was due to service

Information and guidance on how to apply for the Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme (AFBSS). Bereaved service children can apply for financial support for further education or lower or a university scholarship including technical education.

Funeral expenses for War Pensioners and veterans

Information and guidance on how to apply to claim for the funeral expenses of a veteran whose death was due to service before 6 April 2005.

Published 19 February 2020
Last updated 31 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added a note relating to changes to services.

  2. First published.