Burial in a National Cemetery

The most important thing for a veteran to remember is that burial benefits to include the flag and the military funeral honors cannot be provided without a copy of your military discharge. Please make sure you have your discharge and that someone in your family knows where it is kept!

The Dayton National Cemetery and the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio are the two National Cemeteries in Ohio. Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the family. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran. Gravesites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the pre-need burial eligibility determination program to assist anyone who would like to know if they are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. VA is promoting pre-need eligibility determinations to encourage Veterans and their eligible family members to plan in advance to use VA burial benefits that Veterans have earned through their military service. Planning in advance for a Veteran’s or loved-one's final resting place can eliminate unnecessary delays and reduce stress on a family at a difficult time. Veteran families will have increased confidence that their loved ones are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery at their time of need.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery has very restricted eligibility requirements which should be reviewed before deciding to be buried there. Local funeral directors are able to arrange those burials, but if any additional assistance is necessaryplease contact our office.

For more information, please see the Arlington National Cemetery Website.

Open and Print VA Form 40-10007