Burial Benefits

Burial in National Cemeteries

  • 117 national cemeteries (85 are active).
  • Full-casket burials and burial of cremated remains.
  • Dependents under 21 may be buried in a national cemetery.
  • Cremation gardens.
  • Memorial areas.

Symbolic Expressions of Remembrance

  • Headstone and markers shipped worldwide.
  • Headstones and markers for veterans buried in state cemeteries.
  • Headstones and markers for veterans buried in private cemeteries.
  • Memorial markers for veterans whose remains were not recovered or were donated to science.

Presidential Memorial CertificatesCertificates bearing the signature of the President are issued honoring the service of deceased veterans with honorable discharges.  Eligible recipients include next of kin and other loved ones.

Burial FlagsAn American flag is provided to drape the casket of a veteran or to accompany the urn.  After the service, the flag may be given to the next of kin, or may be donated to a VA national cemetery for the Avenue of Flags, where appropriate.

National ShrinesVA national cemeteries are maintained as national shrines dedicated to preserving our nation's history, nurturing patriotism and honoring the service and sacrifice veterans have made.

Funeral directors or one of your local veterans' service organizations will assist you with making burial arrangements.

For information on monetary benefits or other burial benefits, please call our toll-free number, 1-800-827-1000, or visit our website at www.cem.va.gov.