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National Cemetery Administration

Types of Headstones, Markers and Medallions Available

Headstones

Sample upright marble marker

Upright Marble or Upright Granite

Upright Types

These headstones are 42 inches long, 13 inches wide and 4 inches thick. Weight is approximately 230 pounds. Variations may occur in stone color, and the marble may contain light to moderate veining. (Shown is the Upright Marble)

Markers

Sample flat bronze grave marker

Bronze

Flat Types

The flat bronze grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide, with 3/4 inch rise. Weight is approximately 18 pounds. Anchor bolts, nuts and washers for fastening to a base are furnished with the marker. The government does not furnish a base.

Sample flat granite grave marker

Flat Granite or Flat Marble

The flat granite and flat marble grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 4 inches thick. Weight is approximately 130 pounds. Variations may occur in stone color; the marble may contain light to moderate veining. (Shown is the Flat Granite)

Sample bronze niche marker

Bronze Niche

Bronze Niche

This niche marker is 8 1/2 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide, with 7/16 inch rise. Weight is approximately 3 pounds; mounting bolts and washers are furnished with the marker.

Medallions

One and a half inch Medallion

One and a half inch Medallion

Five or three inch Medallion

Five or three inch Medallion

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a medallion, by request, to be affixed to an existing privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased's status as a Veteran.

If requested, the medallion is furnished in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or marker for Veterans that died on or after November 1, 1990, and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.

The medallion is currently available in three sizes, 5 inches, 3 inches, and 1-1/2 inches. Each medallion will be inscribed with the word "VETERAN" across the top and the Branch of Service at the bottom. Appropriate affixing adhesive, instructions and hardware are provided with the medallion.

Important: This benefit is only applicable if the grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. In these instances, eligible Veterans are entitled to either a traditional Government-furnished headstone or marker, or the medallion, but not both.

For family members of eligible Veterans interested in submitting a claim for the medallion, instructions on how to apply for a medallion are available. Please use: VA Form 40-1330M, Claim for Government Medallion for Placement in a Private Cemetery

NOTE: Pre-World War I Era Headstones and Markers - In addition to the headstone and markers pictured, two special styles of upright headstones are available for Civil War and Spanish American War veterans - one for those who served with the Union Forces or in the Spanish-American War and another for those who served with the Confederate Forces. Requests for these special styles should be made in block 27 of the application. It is necessary to submit detailed primary documentation that supports eligibility. For further information click on the link above.