Requirements for Burial

To be eligible for burial in the cemetery, a veteran must have military service under the rules established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Proper paperwork is required to determine eligibility. The veteran’s name; rank; serial, social security and VA claim numbers; date of birth and date of death must be provided to cemetery personnel. A copy of the veteran’s DD Form 214 or other proof of service is required. A copy of the marriage certificate is required for the spouse to be buried with the veteran.

Requirements for Burial 
  • A veteran under the rules established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and separated under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • A member of the Reserves/National Guard who was eligible for retirement pay at the time of death or would have been entitled to retired pay but for the fact that they were not at least 60 years of age.
  • A member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, who died in the line of duty while on active duty, or active duty for training.
  • An eligible veteran’s spouse may be interred in the same plot as the veteran at GVMC. A copy of the marriage certificate is required.
  • An eligible veteran’s dependent (unmarried, under age 21, or life-long dependency on the veteran) is eligible for burial at GVMC. Documentation of eligibility is required.
  • A copy of the veteran’s DD 214 or other documentation verifying active military service must be furnished.
Costs
  • There is no charge for the gravesite, vault, marker, or use of the committal chapel for interment service for an eligible veteran or spouse/eligible family member.
  • All costs for a casket, preparation of the body for burial, and other funeral costs (transportation, use of funeral home, minister, etc.) must be arranged through a funeral home of your choice and paid for by the veteran, the veteran’s estate, or survivors.
Other Details
  • The nonveteran spouse/dependent will normally be buried with the veteran.
  • If the veteran has been buried in a plot for cremated remains, the nonveteran spouse/dependent must also choose a burial designed for cremated remains.
  • A standard upright, granite government-provided marker will be used to mark the grave for casket burials and in-ground cremains. A small granite marker will be used for cremated remains placed in the columbarium.
  • Plot: Next available (no preselection)
  • Plot: Next available space for cremated remains that are to be buried
  • Niche: Next available for those that are cremated and placed in the columbarium wall
  • Vault: Concrete Liner (double depth for vet and spouse/dependent)
  • Marker: Standard U.S. Government granite markers
  • Care: Perpetual care provided by the State