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Home Burial and Memorial Benefits Preparing for veterans burial in Advance

Preparing for veterans burial in Advance

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For Burial in a VA National Cemetery

Gravesites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance; however, reservations made prior to 1962 will be honored. Families are encouraged to prepare in advance by discussing cemetery options, collecting the Veteran’s military information including discharge papers, and by contacting the cemetery where burial is desired.  




For Burial in a Private Cemetery

 

We suggest that if burial will be in a private cemetery and a Government headstone or marker will be requested for the Veteran’s grave, that the family complete VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker for Installation in a Private or State Veterans’ Cemetery, in advance and place it with the Veterans military discharge papers for use at the time of need.  
Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 09:07  


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A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.