National Cemetery Administration
Kerrville National Cemetery
Office Hours: Contact the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at (210) 820-3891.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Kerrville National Cemetery is closed to new interments. The only interments that are being accepted are subsequent interments for veterans or eligible family members in an existing gravesite. Periodically however, burial space may become available due to a canceled reservation or when a disinterment has been completed. When either of these two scenarios occurs, the gravesite is made available to another eligible veteran on a first-come, first-served basis. Since there is no way to know in advance when a gravesite may become available, please contact the cemetery at the time of need to inquire whether space is available.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.
The cemetery is located two miles southeast of the city of Kerrville. Take Highway 27 to Spur Route 100. Turn north and travel ½ mile to cemetery.
Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
The Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio performs all administrative functions for Kerrville National Cemetery. You can contact Fort Sam Houston at the number listed above.
Natural cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. They will be removed when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations.
Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves during periods when their presence will not interfere with grounds maintenance (October thru March). Artificial flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves for a period extending 10 days before through 10 days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
Christmas wreaths, grave blankets and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20. They may not be secured to headstones or markers.
Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects and similar items are not permitted on the graves. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel. For example, items incorporating beads or wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury.
VA regulations 38 CFR 1.218 prohibit the carrying of firearms (either openly or concealed), explosives or other dangerous or deadly weapons while on VA property, except for official purposes, such as military funeral honors. Possession of firearms on any property under the charge and control of VA is prohibited. Offenders may be subject to a fine, removal from the premises, or arrest.
Kerrville National Cemetery is located in Kerr County, Texas, adjacent to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
In June 1923, A. P. Brown and J. S. Brown, trustees of the Brown Cemetery (a private plot used by Brown and his descendants) gave the Women’s Auxiliary of the local American Legion permission to bury local servicemen. The auxiliary had assumed responsibility for providing such burials for ex-servicemen and World War I veterans who died in the Kerrville community without family or friends who could provide for their interment.
In December 1932, the Brown trustees sold the unused portion of the family cemetery used for veterans to the American Legion. The American Legion, in turn, donated 1.7-acres to the Veterans Administration in February 1943. In 1973, the cemetery was transferred to the National Cemetery System and is managed by the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.