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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  


Did you know?

Military Funeral Honors ceremonies must be scheduled in advance.

The law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, which includes the folding and presentation of the United States flag and the playing of “taps,” upon the family’s request. This Department of Defense program calls for the funeral director to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family.