National Veterans Cemeteries

There are three types of National Veterans Cemeteries. They are VA National Cemeteries, Department of the Army National Cemeteries, and Department of the Interior National Cemeteries.

VA National Cemeteries

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains 141 national cemeteries in 40 states (and Puerto Rico) as well as 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites. This number continues to grow with the Rural Initiative Plan. Under the Rural Initiative Plan, the VA is constructing small National Veterans Burial Grounds within existing public or private cemeteries in rural areas where the unserved veteran population is 25,000 or less within a 75-mile radius.

VA provides the gravesite, grave liner, opening and closing of the grave, government headstone or marker, and perpetual care of the gravesite at no cost to the family.

For more information on VA National Cemeteries click HERE.
For more information on the Rural Initiative Plan click HERE.

Department of the Army National Cemeteries

The Department of the Army maintains two national cemeteries, the Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Home National Cemetery.

For more information click HERE.

Department of the Interior National Cemeteries

The Department of the Interior’s National Park Service maintains 14 national cemeteries located within larger park units.

For more information click HERE.


Burial in a national cemetery is open to:

  • All members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • A veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, and minor dependent children.
  • Under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial.
  • Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the veteran.
  • Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty, while on active duty for training, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.