United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Burial and Memorial Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20420
Burial benefits, at no cost to the family, include:
* A gravesite in any national cemeteries with available space
* Opening and closing of the grave
* Perpetual care
* Government headstone or marker
* Burial flag
* Presidential Memorial Certificate
Cremated remains are buried or interned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
Burial benefits available, at no cost to the family, for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include:
* Burial with the veteran
* Perpetual care
* Spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the veteran's headstone
Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.
- Older adults
The National Cemetery Scheduling Office has the primary responsibility for verifying eligibility for burial in VA national cemeteries.
To schedule a burial in all Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries, please contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office.
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NS-1000.9000Veteran Burial Benefits Definition
A program of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that provides a variety of burial benefits for eligible deceased veterans of peacetime or wartime service who have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and, in the case of some benefits, for their dependents. Included are burial in a national cemetery (opening and closing the grave, headstones and markers and perpetual care); headstones and markers for graves of veterans that are located anywhere in the world as well as niche markers for urns; headstones or markers for memorial plots in situations where the veteran's remains are not available for burial; Presidential Memorial Certificates; and burial flags which drape the veteran's coffin and are given to the next of kin or close associate following the funeral. Burial and funeral allowances are also available to certain veterans under specified conditions.
YB-9000Young Adults Definition
Individuals who are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 depending on the ages that specific programs use for qualification.
YJ-2050Families of Military Personnel/Veterans Definition
The parents, children or spouses of people who are on active duty with one of the branches of the armed forces, who have retired from the armed forces following a military career, or who have been honorably discharged as veterans of military service. Included are families of deceased veterans.
Groups of people, usually consisting of parents (mothers and fathers) and children, who live together in a common dwelling and depend on one another for support.
Individuals who are former members of one of the branches of the armed forces and who, by length and type of services, honorable discharge or release or degree of disability, qualify for the benefits and privileges that are provided by law for ex-servicemen and women.