National Cemeteries


To verify military service and determine eligibility requirements are met for Veterans and their family members for burial in a VA national cemetery. To schedule eligible Veterans and family members burial services for national cemeteries. To provide pre-need determinations for burial to Veterans.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Cemetery System, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
J - Provision of Specialized Services; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National Cemeteries Act of 1973, Title National Cemeteries Act of 1973, Public Law 093-43, 38 U.S.C. 2400, 2402-2404, 2406, 2411, 2413, 2306
Title Burial Equity Act, Public Law 117-103, Title Burial Equity Act
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicant may be the decedent's personal representative, next of kin, friend, public assistance officer or funeral home. For pre-need eligibility determinations, applicants include the Veteran/Servicemember, spouse/surviving spouse, unmarried adult child of the Veteran/Servicemember, or others.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible Veterans, members of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Space Force) who die on active duty; members of the Reserve or the Army and Air National Guard who die while performing active duty for training; Reservists and National Guard members who are eligible for retirement pay; the spouse of an eligible veteran member of the Armed forces or individual receiving retired pay (including a 20-year Reservist or National Guard member); minor children and certain unmarried adult children of an eligible veteran or member of the Armed forces, or individual receiving retired pay (including a 20-year Reservist and National Guard member) are eligible for interment. Enlisted personnel who entered military duty after September 7, 1980, and officers commissioned after October 16, 1981, must have served a minimum of 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty to be eligible for interment. Citizens of the United States who served in the Armed Forces of any government allied with the United States during any war, who were citizens of the U.S. at time of entry and are citizens of the U.S. at time of death; Certain Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are also eligible. Groups determined to have active duty service are eligible for all VA benefits under the provisions of Section 401, Public Law 95-202. Reservists who are activated under Presidential Order under title 10, may also be eligible. National Guard Members called to Federal active duty may also be eligible. Other persons who meet eligibility requirements under law may be eligible for burial. Hmong Fighters naturalized under Section 2(1) of the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000 who meet other requirements.
An individual or personal representative of a Veteran or their family member may request interment in a national cemetery by submitting a copy of the deceased Veteran's discharge certificate (DD Form 214 or equivalent) or a copy of other official document(s) establishing qualifying military service and/or marital status for spouses.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The person in charge of funeral arrangements (next of kin or funeral director) should contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office and furnish the national cemetery in which interment is desired, the name and official documentation of military service of the veteran on whose service the burial is predicated. If documentation is not available, as much of the following data as is available should be provided: Branch of service; rank; service number; social security number; VA claim number; date and place of entry into and separation from last period of active service; date and place of birth; and date of death.
Award Procedure
Not Applicable.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
More than 180 days. Applicants may submit a supplemental claim by submitting new and relevant evidence. Applicants may request a higher level review if they believe the application was incorrectly decided. Applicants may appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Interment or memorialization in a national cemetery is for eligible Veterans and their family members, and others who meet eligibility requirements in Title 38.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable Burial eligibility determination, scheduling of burials, provision of headstones/markers, Presidential Memorial Certificates, and committal services in national cemeteries.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
National Cemetery Scheduling Office
Headquarters Office
Steve Ecker
4850 Lemay Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63129 US
Phone: 314-416-6336
Fax: 800-535-1117
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$9,440,276.00; FY 23 est $12,145,628.00; FY 24 est $13,700,000.00; FY 21$8,492,977.00; FY 19$7,866.00; FY 20 est $8,393.00; FY 08$189,219,000.00; FY 09 est $263,909,000.00; FY 10 est $245,981,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
NCSO does not provide financial assistance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
VA Benefits Book, gravesite locator maps, and informational leaflets are available for many of the national cemeteries, as well as information kiosks at certain national cemeteries.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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