If the deceased is being buried in a private cemetery, is
it possible to have a veteran marker or headstone?
On December 27, 2001, President Bush signed Public Law
107-103, the Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act of 2001.
This law includes a provision that allows the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to furnish an appropriate
headstone or marker for the graves of eligible veterans buried in
private cemeteries, whose deaths occur on or after September 11, 2001,
regardless of whether the grave is already marked with a non-government
For more information, visit the Department
of Veterans Affairs' Web site.
What are the eligibility criteria for burial in a
If the deceased is a veteran, he or she is entitled to
a free burial in a national cemetery and a grave marker. This
eligibility also extends to some civilians who have provided
military-related service and some Public Health Service personnel.
Spouses and dependent children also are entitled to a
lot and marker when buried in a national cemetery. For more
information and to determine eligibility, visit the
of Veterans Affairs' Web
In addition, many states have established state
veterans cemeteries. Eligibility requirements and other details vary.
Contact your state for more information.
Burying Cremated Remains
Sources: ICFA, Department
of Veterans Affairs.
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