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Burial and Memorial Benefits Eligibility

Servicemembers, Veterans, and family members may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery and for other burial honors, like a headstone, marker, medallion, burial flag, and Presidential Memorial Certificate. Some family members may also qualify for money to pay for burial costs. Find out who can get these benefits.

Who can get VA burial and memorial benefits?

Servicemembers, Veterans, and family members may be able to get burial and memorial benefits if they’re:

  • A Veteran who was discharged from the military under conditions other than dishonorable, or
  • A Servicemember who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training, or
  • The spouse or dependent child of a Veteran, even if the Veteran died first, or
  • In some cases, the adult dependent child of a Veteran (if they aren’t married)

Learn about the burial planning process.

Learn about survivor and dependent benefits.

Can I plan ahead?

You can plan ahead to make the process of applying for a burial in a VA national cemetery easier for your family members when you die.

Fill out the Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery (VA Form 40-10007). Download VA Form 40-10007. (To save your information in this form, make sure you have the latest free version of Adobe Reader.)

Send the application to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office in 1 of 2 ways:

  • Send it by U.S. mail to:
National Cemetery Scheduling Office
P.O. Box 510543
St. Louis, MO 63151
  • Fax it to 855-840-8299

You’ll get a letter from us telling you if you can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Keep this letter in a safe place.

If you want to be buried at a state or tribal Veterans cemetery, check the site you want ahead of time, since some state Veterans cemeteries require that you live in that state or have other rules around eligibility. See a list of national and state VA cemeteries.