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Government-Furnished Headstones for Eligible Veterans

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 veterans headstones or markers 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, or a new device (available spring 2009).

Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. 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.

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.

Types of Markers

There are several types of markers that families or representatives of eligible veterans can apply for. Here are some of them:

  • Upright Headstones
    These military headstones are often made of granite or marble. They’re usually 43 inches in length, 12 inches in width, and weigh approximately 230 pounds.
  • Flat Bronze Markers
    These markers weigh approximately 18 pounds. They’re 24 inches in length and 12 inches in width.
  • Flat Marble or Granite Grave Markers
    These markers weigh approximately 130 pounds. Like flat bronze markers, flat marble or granite are 24 inches in length and 12 inches in width.
  • Bronze Niche Markers
    These markers weigh approximately 3 pounds. They’re 8 ½ inches in length and 5 ½ in width.
Aside from veterans headstones or markers, family members of eligible veterans in Laredo, TX may also apply for a military burial flag. They just have to complete the VA Form 27-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes.

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.

Important Notice - New Law Concerning Eligibility for Headstones and Markers

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