How to order a military headstone

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How to order a military headstone
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If you have a loved one that is a veteran and has passed, then he may be entitled to a military headstone. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides headstones and markers for veterans buried anywhere in the world, as well as for their dependents that are eligible. They will even provide a headstone for those who are not buried in national, federal or state cemeteries. Here is how to order a military headstone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Military discharge papers or other paperwork indicative that the person in question is a veteran

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  1. 1

    Call (800) 827-1000 and speak to a Veterans Benefits Counselor to confirm your loved one's eligibility to receive a headstone.

  2. 2

    Contact the cemetery your loved one is buried in if she is buried in a federal, national or state cemetery. In this case the cemetery will take care of carving and placing the headstone.

  3. 3

    Go to and fill out VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker and print it out if your loved one is not buried in a federal, national or state cemetary. Fax it to (800) 455-7143. The government will have the headstone carved and ship it to the cosignee on the form at the government's expense.

  4. 4

    Choose the type of headstone or monument you would like put on your loved one's grave. You can choose flat bronze, flat marble, flat granite or upright granite or marble for the headstone.

  5. 5

    Decide what in addition to your loved one's full name, birth and death date you might like inscribed on the headstone. You can choose to add at no extra cost his military grade, rate or rank, an emblem that reflects your loved one's religious beliefs as well as any awards the he received.

  6. 6

    Have the headstone placed by a monument company once you receive it, if you had to order it with the form and have it shipped to you. If not, then the national, federal, or state cemetery that you called will have the headstone placed for you.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have to have the headstone shipped to you, don't try to place the headstone yourself; have a monument company do that so it is done correctly. There can be issues with sinking because of rain, and because dirt is settling, so it's best to have a professional take care of placing the headstone.

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