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. For eligible veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, VA may also provide a headstone or marker for graves that are already marked with a private headstone or marker. When the grave is already marked, applicants will have the option to apply for either a traditional headstone or marker, or a cast bronze medallion.
Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. Some cemeteries require that the marker must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. For example, if there are no upright headstones in the section that the headstone is to be placed, the family would need to select a flat or flush marker to mark the grave. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.
We always offer our assistance in applying for, and arranging the placement of, these markers. Allowing us to coordinate these details on your behalf saves time and frustration in making sure that the work is completed properly.
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 veteran's cemetery, or military post/base cemetery.
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.