Military Burials

Military Burials

Military
Burial Info
Burial in a national cemetery is available to veterans of active federal military service, their spouses, and dependent minor children. Provided at no cost to the family,
a national cemetery
burial includes:
  • The gravesite
    and grave-liner.
  • Opening and
    closing of
    the grave.
  • A headstone
    or marker.
  • Perpetual care
    as part of a
    national shrine.
If a veteran is buried in a private cemetery, the VA will provide a headstone or marker. A burial flag may also be provided to drape the veteran's casket or urn. Presidential Memorial Certificates honoring the veteran may be requested. Military funeral honors for the veteran include burial flag folding and presentation of “Taps." Funeral directors can arrange for these services on request.
To be eligible, family must provide a DD-214 to prove the veteran’s active federal military service.
Visit your local
County Veterans
Service Office

to receive further info on the requirements for burial and memorial benefits and for assistance with properly completing all applications for related benefits.