When burial or memorialization is in a national, post, or state veterans' cemetery, a headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials to mark the grave of the deceased veteran. These markers will be inscribed based on the information provided by the next of kin.
When burial is in a private cemetery, VA Form 40-1330 Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker (PDF), must be submitted by the next of kin, the funeral director, cemetery official or veterans counselor, along with veterans military discharge. Do not send original documents, as they will not be returned.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes bronze medallions in lieu of traditional government headstones and grave markers for veterans who died on or after November 1, 1990, and whose graves in private cemeteries are marked with privately purchased headstones or markers. Under federal law, veterans buried in private cemeteries are entitled to either government furnished grave markers or medallions, but not both.
For more information on veterans' medallions, headstones and markers, visit www.cem.va.gov/cem/hmm/types.asp.