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Burials & Memorials Benefits

Veterans Burial & Memorials Benefits

VA burial benefits can help service members, Veterans, and their family members plan and pay for a burial or memorial service in a VA national cemetery. Family members can also order memorial items to honor the service of a Veteran. Find out how to apply for the burial benefits you've earned, and how to plan for burial in advance or at time of need.

Here is what's On this page & the resources

Get Veterans burial benefits


  • Find out if you qualify for burial in a VA national cemetery and for other burial honors.

Pre-need burial eligibility determination 

  • Apply for a pre-need eligibility decision letter. This can help you pre-plan for burial in a VA national cemetery, and make the process easier for your family members in their time of need.


Veterans burial allowance 

  • Learn how to apply for a burial allowance to help pay for a Veteran's funeral services, burial, and transportation costs.


Memorial items 

  • Find out how to apply for grave markers, headstones, Presidential Memorial Certificates, and other memorial items to honor a Veteran's service.

Benefits for spouse and dependents (VA DIC) 

  • Learn about getting VA disability benefits for a surviving spouse or a dependent child or parent.

Bereavement counseling 

  • See if you qualify for grief counseling and transition support after the loss of an active-duty Servicemember, Reservist, or National Guard Soldier.

Plan a burial

Schedule a burial for a Veteran or family member 

  • Get step-by-step guidance on how to request and apply for burial in a VA national cemetery, or in a state or tribal government Veterans cemetery.

Find a national, state, or tribal government Veterans cemetery 

  • Search for national, state, or tribal government Veterans cemeteries.

Request military records (DD214) 

  • View and print documents from your official military personnel file (including your DD214).


More information and resources

VA national cemetery daily burial schedule 

  • Find the date, time, and location of the committal service for the scheduled burial of a Veteran, spouse, or other eligible family members.


VA survivor benefits rates (VA DIC) 

  • View current dependency and indemnity compensation rates for surviving spouses and children.


Parents Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) rates 

  • View current survivor benefit rates for parents.


Replace medals, awards, and decorations 

  • Visit the National Archives website to find out how to request replacement medals, awards, and decorations.


Search historical military records (National Archives) 

  • Visit the National Archives website to research military records from the Revolutionary War to the present.


Veteran grave locator 

  • Find a Veteran's or family member's grave in a VA national cemetery, or in a state or tribal Veterans cemetery.


VA burial benefits FAQ 

  • Find answers to common questions about VA burial benefits and memorial items.


What to expect at a military funeral 

  • Prepare for a military funeral by learning about what happens at a committal service in a VA national cemetery.


Other VA benefits and services

VA Survivors Pension

  • Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for VA pension benefits as a surviving spouse or child of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.


Beneficiary financial counseling and online will preparation

  • If you're enrolled in VA life insurance, find out if you can get free financial planning and online will preparation services.


Fiduciary services

  • Learn how to become a VA fiduciary to handle the financial affairs of a Veteran in need.

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