Washington, D.C. – The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Preneed Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn whether they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.
“MyVA is about looking at the VA from veterans’ perspective and then doing everything we can to make the veteran experience effective and seamless,” said Robert A. McDonald, secretary of Veterans Affairs. “This new program reaffirms our commitment to providing a lifetime of benefits and services for veterans and their families.”
Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Preneed Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, along with supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office (tollfree fax: 855-840-8299; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; mail: National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151).
The VA will review applications and provide written notice of its determination of eligibility. The VA will save determinations and supporting documentation in an electronic information system to expedite burial arrangements at the time of need. Because laws and personal circumstances change, upon receipt of a burial request, the VA will validate all preneed determinations in accordance with the laws in effect at the time.
The VA operates 135 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers’ lots in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than four million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in the VA’s national cemeteries. The VA also provides funding to establish, expand and maintain 105 veterans’ cemeteries in 47 states and territories, including tribal trust lands, Guam and Saipan. For veterans buried in private or other cemeteries, the VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2016, the VA honored more than 345,000 veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.
Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, from the internet at cem. va.gov or by calling VA regional offices at 800-827-1000.