VA honors many spouses, dependents, and survivors of eligible Veterans with a final resting place in one of 134 national cemeteries maintained by VA throughout the United States. Benefits may include burial with the Veteran, the inscription of name and date of birth and death on the headstone and perpetual care of the gravesite. Eligible spouses, dependents and survivors may be buried in a national cemetery even if their Veteran loved one is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery, or if their death occurs before the Veteran's.
Consult with the VA National Cemetery Administration for more information about burial eligibility for Veterans’ spouses, dependents, and survivors.
Learn more about other VA benefits for Veterans’ spouses, dependents, and survivors.
Upon the death of the Veteran or his or her spouse or dependent, also called the time of need, family members should locate the Veteran’s DD-214 or other discharge papers and click ‘get started’ to schedule a burial in a VA national cemetery. Then make arrangements with a funeral home, National Cemetery Scheduling Office or directly with a VA national cemetery.