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National Cemetery Administration

Site Map

To help you navigate throughout the VA National Cemetery Administration Web site easily, we have included a map of the pages on the Web site.

Burial & Memorial Benefits Home Page

Burial Benefits Available from the National Cemetery Administration
Preparing in Advance
How to Make Burial Arrangements at the Time of Need
What to expect upon your arrival at the national cemetery
Burial of Unclaimed, Indigent Veterans
Burial Flags
Donating Burial Flags to National Cemeteries
Burial Allowance Benefits 
Survivor Benefits
Burial in a Private Cemetery
Burial at Sea
VA-NCA-IS-1 Interments in VA National Cemeteries 
Spanish version  

Headstones and Markers
Most Recent Legislative Changes Concerning Eligibility for Headstones, Markers and Medallions
General Information
Eligibility for a Headstone or Marker
New Regulation - Headstone, Marker and Medallion Application Process Updates
Ordering a Headstone or Marker
Types of Headstones, Markers and Medallions Available
Q&A About VA's Medallion Benefit
Important: Updated Instructions for Completing VA Form 40-1330
VA Form 40-1330, Claim for Standard Government Headstone or Marker
VA Form 40-1330M, Claim for Government Medallion
Emblems of Belief Available for Placement on Headstones and Markers 
Veterans Military Discharge Documents
Checking Status of a Headstone Marker or Medallion Request
Memorial Headstones and Markers
Setting Government Headstones and Markers
Replacement Headstones and Markers
Pre-World War I Era Headstones and Markers
Headstone and Marker Inscription Abbreviations

Presidential Memorial Certificates
Eligibility for Benefits
Women and Minority Veterans 

Facts and Information
Medallion Benefit
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Environmental Assessments (Cemetery Construction)

Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries
State Veterans Cemeteries
Arlington National Cemetery
Department of Interior National Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission National Cemeteries*

About NCA
Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
Advisory Committee on Cemeteries & Memorials
Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
Fact Sheets
NCA Job Opportunities
Employee Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions

Fact Sheets



General History
Dates of the Cemeteries
Leadership: Former Directors and Under Secretaries for Memorial Affairs, 1973-2005
Landscapes of Honor & Sacrifice: The History of the National Cemeteries, 2003
A 30-minute video illustrating the rich history of the national cemeteries

"Memorial Day Order"

Annual recognition originally called Decoration Day, by GAR Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan in 1868

"Shrines of the Honored Dead: A Study of the National Cemetery System"
Six articles by Edward Steere that appeared in The Quartermaster Review, in 1953-1954

American Military Cemeteries: A Comprehensive Illustrated Guide to the Hallowed Grounds of the United States, including Cemeteries Overseas by Dean W. Holt (McFarland & Co., North Carolina) 1992 (out of print)


History of Government-Furnished Headstones and Markers
Plan of National Cemeteries with Lodges Designed by Gen. Montgomery Meigs
"Bivouac of the Dead"
The elegiac verse by Theodore O'Hare and its presence in national cemeteries

National Cemeteries & Soldiers' Lots Listed in the National Reister of Historic Places and Designated National Historic Landmarks


Teaching with Historic Places (TWHP) Lesson Plans
TwHP is a component of the National Register of Historic Places, which helps develop guidance on using places to teach and encourages educators, historians, preservationists and others to work together effectively. Two NCA properties are the subject of TwHP lesson plans

"A Nation Repays Its Debt: The National Soldiers' Home and Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio"* (Dayton National Cemetery)

This teaching lesson — Comfortable Camps: Archaeology of the Confederate Guard Camp at the Florence Stockade —is modeled after those associated with the NPS Teaching With Historic Places program. It was developed as part of mitigation associated with NCA’s expansion of Florence National Cemetery.

More Lesson Plans about places associated with national cemeteries
Helpful Research Links

Veterans Cemetery Grants

General Information
Priority List of Pending State and Tribal Government Cemetery Construction Grant Preapplications
New State Veterans Cemeteries
Establishing a State or Tribal Veterans Cemetery
Instructions for Applying for a State or Tribal Cemetery Grant
Veterans Grants Planning Model
Grant Requirements
Veterans Cemetery Grants Program/Grant Information Kit
SSGP Master Plan Requirements
Submission Requirement Post Master Plan and Project Close-out
Veterans Cemetery Grants Forms
List of State Veterans Cemeteries (Address and Phone Numbers) 

Office of Construction Management
These pages contain information on Architect Engineer design standards, construction standards, real property, environmental management, and other information associated with design and construction of national cemeteries.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Volunteer Opportunities

Other Benefits

Military Funeral Honors
Burial Flags
Burial Allowance
Survivor's Benefits 

Helpful Links

Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Search the 131 Department of Veterans Affairs' national cemeteries for burial locations.

"A Sacred Trust"
A video program providing an overview of the National Cemetery Administration and the many services it provides to our Nation's veterans.

Press Room

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Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents

VA Forms

*Note: Link will take you outside the VA web site.