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Below is a brief list of some of the veterans benefits for eligible veterans. For further information and answers to all eligibility, requirements, and benefits questions, contact the Veterans Administration.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be a veteran discharged or separated from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable who has completed the required period of service, and U.S. Armed Forces members who die on active duty. Spouses and dependent children of eligible living and deceased veterans, and of current and deceased Armed Forces members, may also be eligible.

Free United States Burial Flag

The United States Government provides an American flag to drape the casket of a veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. After the funeral service, the flag may be given to the next-of-kin or a close associate of the deceased.

Free Headstones and Markers

The United States Government provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans and eligible dependants anywhere in the world that are not already marked. Flat bronze, flat granite, flat marble, and upright marble types are available to mark the grave of a veteran or dependent in the style consistent with exiting monuments at the place of burial. Bronze niche markers also are available to mark columbaria in national cemeteries used for inurnment of cremated remains.

Free Burial Grave in a National Cemetery

The United States Government provides free burial in a National Cemetery to all those eligible. This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, and perpetual care. Many national cemeteries have columbaria niches for the inurnment of cremated remains or special sections for burial of cremated remains.

Free Presidential Memorial Certificate

The Presidential Memorial Certificate is a parchment with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s service. The veteran’s name is inscribed, and the certificate bears the signature of the President and the presidential seal in gold foil.

Contact the Veterans Administration

Military veterans and their dependents are entitled to a variety of benefits depending on their circumstances. Contact the Veterans Affairs office to determine what benefits can be claimed and information required.

National Toll-Free Service:
1-800-827-1000

 

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