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How to Navigate Veteran Memorials

If you’d like to honor your loved one with a veteran memorial, you may have discovered that it’s challenging to navigate VA markers. You may be confused by the requirements or unsure where to start.

Use the following FAQ guide on how to navigate veteran memorials to help you through the process.

Who is eligible for veteran memorials?

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), “Any deceased Veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable or any service member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty may be eligible.”

Who can apply for a veteran memorial?

To apply for a veteran memorial, you must be related to the deceased in one of the following manners:

  • A family member
  • An official personal representative
  • A state or local government employee who serves veterans
  • A person legally responsible for making arrangements for unclaimed remains
  • If the Veteran’s service ended before April 6, 1917, any individual representing the deceased

Note: If the deceased remains were buried at sea, donated to science, cremated and scattered or have not been recovered or identified, you must be a family member of the deceased to apply for their veteran memorial.

What options are available?

There are several options you can choose from as you navigate veteran memorials. You can select any of the following: an upright headstone made of marble or granite; a bronze niche marker for a mausoleum door; a flat bronze marker for an existing base; a bronze medallion to anchor to an existing headstone; or a flat marker made of marble or granite.

What is the process to navigate VA markers?

To obtain a VA marker, you must have discharge paperwork for the veteran. Your first step is to complete a VA form 40-1330 (for a headstone) or VA form 40-1330M (for a medallion). You can find this form on the VA site, va.gov. You will need to get a signature from a cemetery representative on this form to confirm the selected item is allowed on their property. You can submit this form online, via mail or by fax.

When should I start to navigate veteran memorials?

You can submit the application for the veteran memorial after the Veteran has passed away. (You cannot make pre-arrangements for this type of memorial.)

Who can assist me with this process?

Because it can be difficult to navigate VA markers, it can be helpful to consult with professionals who are familiar with this process. Contact your local headstone specialists. If the company is an established one, they will be able to assist you with this process. They will be familiar with regulations regarding veteran memorials and can walk you through requirements and regulations.

We can help

For expert assistance to navigate veteran memorials, contact the professionals at Harsha Monument Co. Family owned and operated for six generations, we’ve been serving veterans and their families since 1854. We can answer any questions you have about this process and help you successfully navigate VA markers. Reach us today at 937-393-2810.