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What can I do to prepare for burial in a national cemetery?

Published 04/20/2004 11:33 AM   |    Updated 02/28/2011 02:03 PM
What can I do to prepare for burial in a national cemetery?
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.

You can get further information on these items at http://www.cem.va.gov/