Giving Back To Those That Have Given Us Freedom




Free Burial Grave in a National Cemetery

The United States Government provides free burial in a National Cemetery toall 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.
To be eligible you must be a veteran discharged or seperated from active duty
under conditions other than dishonorable, who has completed the required period
of service, and dependent children
of eligible living and deceased veterans, and
of current and deceased armed forces members, may also be eligible.

To find the National Cemeteries go to
To find the State Veteran Cemeteries go to

Note: The surviving spouse of an eligible veteran who remarried a
non-veteran prior to October 31, 1990, and whose remarriage was
terminated by death or divorce prior to or on that date, is eligible for
burial in a national cemetery. A surviving spouse of an eligible veteran
who remarried a non-veteran prior toOctober 31, 1990, and whose
remarriage was intact on or after that date, however, is not eligible
for burial in a national cemetery.







Presidential Memorial Certificate

Presidential Memorial Certificates express the Nation's recognition of a Veteran's
service. Certificates bearing the signature of
the President are issued honoring
deceased veterans with honorable discharges. Eligible recipients include next of
kin and other loved ones.The award of a certificate to one eligible recipient does
not preclude certificates to other eligible recipients.  The veteran may have died at
any time in the past.  Requests for a certificate must be accompanied by a copy
of a document such as a discharge (DD214) ,to establish honorable service.  VA regional
offices can assist in applying for certificates.







Free Headstone and Marker

The United States Government provides headstones and markers for the graves
of veterans and eligible dependents anywhere in the world which 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
existing monuments at the place of burial. Bronze niche markers are also available
to mark colombaria in national cemeteries used for inurnment of cremated remains.






Free Burial at Sea

Burial at sea is not just a tradition that was practiced by the Navy of old. It is a
means of final disposition of cremains and intact remains that is offered to and
still utilized by active duty, retired, and honorable veterans of all branches of the
United States military. Burial at sea services are performed while the vessel is
on official maneuvers. Therefore, it is impossible for the family to be present. The
family will be notified by the commanding officer of that vessel of the date, time,
longitude, and latitude of the committal service.








Deceased individuals eligible for this program are members of the uniformed
services, veterans discharged under honorable conditions, United States civilian
marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command, and dependents of members,
retirees, and veterans of the uniformed services.








Free United States Burial FlagThe 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 close associate of
the deceased.







Reimbursement of Burial Expenses

The United States Government provides a $300.00 burial and funeral expense
allowance for veterans whom, at the time of death, were entitled to receive
pension or compensation for receipt of military pay. Eligibility is also
established when death occurs in a Veterans Administration facility or a nursing
home with which the Veterans Administration contracted. Additional cost of
transportation of the remains may be reimbursed in those cases. Claims must
be filed within two years after permanent burial or cremation.


How to Contact the Veterans Administration

Lake Havasu Office:(928) 445-4860 ext. 7300
National Toll Free Service:
(800) 827-1000
VA Regional Office-Phoenix
(800) 827-1000

Disabled American Veterans Volunteer
Transportation Network provides FREE
transportation for Veterans, with no
other means of transporatation, who
have Scheduled Medical Appointements
at the VA Medical Center Prescott or the VA Medical
Center Phoenix.

DAV Transportation- (928) 855-0356


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