The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.
A government-furnished headstone or marker may be provided for eligible veterans who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone.
Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. The style chosen must be permitted by the officials in charge of the private cemetery where it will be placed.
When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, state Veterans cemetery, or military post/base cemetery, a headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials based on inscription information provided by the next of kin or authorized representative.
Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state veterans cemetery, or military post/base cemetery. A military match marker can be purchased with the cost being incurred by the family.
Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself, however, arrangements for placing it in a private cemetery are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.
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