Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS)
What are my burial benefits and allowances?
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the Armed Forces and veterans having met minimum active service duty requirements and having been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Their spouse, widow or widower, minor children and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children, are also eligible for burial. Eligible spouses 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 while performing training duty, or who have 20 years of service in the reserve components of the Armed Forces creditable for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. Please refer to http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/eligible.asp for eligibility requirements.
Burial benefits include a gravesite in any of our national cemeteries with available space, the opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, a grave liner and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Our cemetery listing is at http://www.cem.va.gov then click on cemeteries.
If you prefer to have the veteran buried in a private cemetery they may still be entitled to a headstone or marker, a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and burial allowances. Go to our site at http://www.cem.va.gov for further information on these items.
To obtain information on getting copies of military records go to our site at http://www.cem.va.gov then click on “Obtaining Military Records and Medals.”