Burial & Memorial Benefits

Some benefits you may be eligible for:

  • Burial Flag, covered by funeral home
  • Flag Holder
  • VA Federal Headstone or VA Federal Marker
  • Burial Benefits
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate
  • Burial in VA National Cemetery or VA State Cemetery

Please contact our office for questions or eligibility regarding the above listed benefits.

Military Funeral Honors

The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for providing military funeral honors. Honoring Those Who Served is the title of the DOD program for providing dignified military funeral honors to veterans who have defended our nation.

Upon the family’s request, Public Law 106-65 requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps.

The Department of Defense began the implementation plan for providing military funeral honors for eligible veterans as enacted in Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 on Jan. 1, 2000.

Questions or comments concerning the DOD military funeral honors program may be sent to the following address:

Department of Defense
Directorate for Public Inquiry and Analysis
Room 3A750, The Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400

To arrange military funeral honors, contact your funeral home.

Presidential Memorial Certificates

This program was initiated in March 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent Presidents. Statutory authority for the program is Section 112, Title 38, of the United States Code.

Eligible recipients include the deceased veterans next of kin and loved ones. More than one certificate may be provided.

Contact our office for assistance.

New Law Concerning Eligibility for Headstones and Markers

On December 27, 2001, President Bush signed Public Law 107-103, the Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act of 2001.

This law includes a provision that allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to furnish an appropriate marker for the graves of eligible veterans buried in private cemeteries, whose deaths occur on or after September 11, 2001, regardless of whether the grave is already marked with a non-government marker.

VA is now accepting applications for markers under the provisions of Public Law 107-103. VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker for Installation in a Private or State Veterans Cemetery, must be submitted by the next of kin, funeral director or cemetery representative, along with a copy of the veterans military discharge documents, to request a Government-provided headstone or marker. Do not send original documents, as they will not be returned. Until this form is revised, applicants should ignore references to unmarked graves and should note in Box 27, Remarks that this will be a second marker to mark a veterans gravesite. This new provision will be codified at 38 U.S.C. 2306(d).