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Eligibility for burial in a VA national cemetery

Veterans, service members, and some family members may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. Find out if you, or a person you’re planning a burial for, can get this benefit.

Who can be buried in a VA national cemetery?

Veterans, service members, spouses, and dependents may qualify for burial in a VA national cemetery, as well as other benefits, if they meet one of the requirements listed below.

One of these must be true. The person qualifying for burial benefits is:

  • A Veteran who didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, or

  • A service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training, or

  • The spouse or minor child of a Veteran, even if the Veteran died first, or

  • In some cases, the unmarried adult dependent child of a Veteran

What does burial in a VA national cemetery include?

When a Veteran, service member, or family member qualifies for burial in a VA national cemetery, they receive certain burial benefits at no cost to their family.

These burial benefits include:

For burial in a national cemetery, you’ll receive an allowance for:

  • Burial and funeral costs

  • The plot (gravesite) or interment

  • Transporting the Veteran’s remains for burial

Note: The Veteran’s family will need to cover the cost of funeral director services, like cremation.

At the time of need, the person planning the burial can also request other VA memorial items as well as military funeral honors provided by the Department of Defense. These items and honors have other eligibility requirements.

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