Burial benefits in a VA national cemetery include the gravesite, the headstone or marker, opening and closing of the grave, and maintenance of the grounds.

  • National cemeteries maintained as national shrines
  • Symbolic expressions of remembrance (headstones and markers)
  • Presidential Memorial Certificates
  • Burial flags
  • Burial of veterans and eligible family members in a VA national cemetery

Reimbursement of burial expenses
Veterans who, at time of death, were entitled to receive a pension or compensation or who would have been entitled to compensation but for receipt of military retirement pay. Eligibility also maybe established when death occurs in a VA facility, a nursing home under VA contract or a state veterans nursing home. Additional costs of transportation of the remains may be paid.