The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death. For eligible veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, VA may also provide a headstone or marker for graves that are already marked with a private headstone or marker. When the grave is already marked, applicants will have the option to apply for either a traditional headstone or marker, a niche marker designed for cremated remains, or a newly-designed medallion with branch of service.
Flat markers are available in white marble or light-gray granite, or bronze.
Upright headstones are available in granite and marble.
(The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial.)
Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains, and are made of bronze.
The newly-designed medallions are made of bronze, and are available in three sizes:
When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, state veterans' cemetery, or military post/base cemetery, a headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials based on inscription information provided by the next of kin or authorized representative.
Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a Government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state veteran's cemetery, or military post/base cemetery.
Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself, however arrangements for placing it in a private cemetery are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.