VA Headstones, Markers, And Medallions

Program Description

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death. The VA may also furnish a headstone or marker for graves that are marked with a private headstone or marker, for veterans that died on or after November 1, 1990.


  • Gravestone or marker is provided free to any cemetery.
  • Installation at a private cemetery may incur a fee.


  • Veteran with other than dishonorable discharge and active duty service (after 1981, 24 months of service or full period ordered to federal active duty).
  • -OR-
  • Reserve and National Guard retirees (or those eligible for retired pay).
  • Individuals may not have been convicted of capital crimes.
  • Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a Government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state veteran's cemetery, or military post/base cemetery.
  • Additional eligibility details.

How To Apply

  • When burial is in a private cemetery, VA Form 40-1330, Claim for Standard Government Headstone or Marker or VA Form 40-1330M, Claim for Government Medallion must be submitted by the next of kin, a person authorized in writing by the next of kin, or a personal representative authorized in writing by the decedent to request a Government-provided headstone or marker.
  • When burial or memorialization is in a national, post, or state Veterans' cemetery, a headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials based on inscription information provided by the next of kin.
  • Funeral home directors can also assist with burial and memorial benefits.


  • Military discharge documents. Do not send original documents, as they will not be returned.
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