Burial Grave in a National Cemetery
The United States Government provides free burial in a National Cemetery to all those eligible. This includes the grave site, opening and closing of the grave, and perpetual care. Many national cemeteries have columbaria niches for the internment of cremated remains or special sections for burial of cremated remains.
Headstones and Markers
The United States Government provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans and eligible dependents anywhere in the world. Flat bronze, flat granite, flat marble and upright marble types are available to mark the grave of a veteran or dependent in the style consistent with exiting monuments at the place of burial. Bronze niche markers are also available to mark columbaria in national cemeteries used for internment of cremated remains. (Some cemeteries charge for marker installation.)
Burial at Sea
Burial at sea is not just a tradition that was practiced by the Navy of old. It is a means of final disposition of cremains and intact remains that is offered to and still utilized by active duty, retired, and honorable veterans of all branches of the United States military. Burial at sea services are performed while the vessel is on official maneuvers. Therefore, it is impossible for the family to be present. The family will be notified by the commanding officer of that vessel of the date time, longitude, and latitude of the committal service.
Individuals eligible for this program are members of the uniformed services, veterans discharged under honorable conditions, United States civilian marine personnel of the Military Sea Lift Command, and dependents of members, retirees, and veterans of the uniformed services.
Ports of Embarkation
Bremerton, Washington 98312-5008
Naval Hospital Branch Clinic
Mayport, Florida 32228
Long Beach, California 90822-5199
Naval Medical Center
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, Virginia 23708-5100
Newport, Rhode Island 02841-5003
San Diego, California 92134-5000
Oakland, California 94627-5000
Presidential Memorial Certificate
The Presidential Memorial Certificate is a parchment with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation's grateful recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed, and the certificate bears the signature of the President and the presidential seal in gold foil.
Reimbursement of Burial Expenses
The United States Government provides a $300 burial and funeral expense allowance for veterans who, at the time of death, were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled to compensation but for receipt of military retirement pay. Eligibility is also established when death occurs in a Veterans Administration facility or a nursing home which the Veterans Administration contracted, and additional costs of transportation of the remains may be reimbursed in those cases. Claims must be filed within two years after permanent burial or cremation.
United States Burial Flag
The United States Government provides an American flag to drape the casket of a veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. After the funeral service, the flag may be given to the next of kin or a close associate of the deceased.
How to Contact the Veterans Administration
Military veterans and their dependents are entitled to a variety of benefits depending on their circumstances. Contact the Veterans Affairs office to determine what benefits can he claimed and then gather the information required.
Before you can file you will need:
If the veteran or yourself was previously married:
If there are dependent children:
If either of you currently receive Social Security benefits:
If you already have a VA claim number:
If either of you receive additional income:
If you qualify for Social Security benefits, you should go to the Social Security office before going to the Veteran's Administration office.
Once you have all the forms and information that apply to you, call the VA office and make an appointment to file your claim.
Your VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE Telephone Number is: