38 CFR § 3.1706 - Burial allowance for a veteran who died while hospitalized by VA.
(b) Eligibility. A burial allowance is payable under this section for a veteran whose death was not service-connected and who died while hospitalized by VA. For purposes of this allowance, a veteran was hospitalized by VA if the veteran:
(5) Was traveling under proper prior authorization, and at VA expense, to or from a specified place for purpose of examination, treatment, or care; or
(6) Was hospitalized by VA pursuant to any of paragraphs (b)(1) through (4) of this section but was not at the facility at the time of death and was:
(i) On authorized absence that did not exceed 96 hours at the time of death;
(ii) On unauthorized absence for a period not in excess of 24 hours at the time of death; or
(iii) Absent from the facility for a period not in excess of 24 hours of combined authorized and unauthorized absence at the time of death.
(d) Additional allowances available based on death while hospitalized by VA. In addition to the burial allowance authorized by this section:
(1) VA will reimburse for the expense of transporting the remains of a person described in paragraph (b) of this section to the place of burial subject to the limitations of § 3.1709 and where the death occurs within a State and:
(ii) The place of burial is in Canada or Mexico. However, reimbursement for transportation of the remains for such burial is authorized only from the place of death within a State to the port of embarkation within a State, or to the border limits of the United States.
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