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Veterans Headstones

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.   For eligible veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, VA may also provide a headstone or marker for graves that are already marked with a private headstone or marker. When the grave is already marked, applicants will have the option to apply for either a traditional headstone or marker, or a new device (available spring 2009).  

Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.

When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, state veterans' cemetery, or military post/base cemetery, a headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials based on inscription information provided by the next of kin or authorized representative.

Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a Government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state veteran's cemetery, or military post/base cemetery.

Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself, however arrangements for placing it in a private cemetery are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.

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Veterans Headstones

Veterans headstones come engraved with words such as "In Memory Of" or "In Honor Of." This allows family members to show appreciation for these loved ones who made great sacrifices so future generations could enjoy peace and prosperity. It is customary that when people pass away, their families will often express gratitude for them through funeral services and other remembrances. The veterans headstones are a special way to show the veterans' family how much they are appreciated.

The veterans headstones will usually have some words on them. These words often depend on where the veteran is from, what branch of the military he or she was in, when they served, etc. You can find veterans headstones that have phrases such as "Korean Conflict," "World War II," "Military Intelligence," and many other similar phrases engraved into the veterans headstone, depending on where their loyalties lie.

It's a common misconception that headstones are only for the deceased. In fact, it is common practice to erect a headstone in remembrance of veterans who have served their country and died while on active duty. These memorials can be found at cemeteries all over the world and serve as a reminder of those who have passed on from war or other service-related injuries.

How do you get a veterans headstone?

The Department of Veteran Affairs provides a variety of headstones and markers for veterans' gravesites. To receive these benefits, applicants must submit the appropriate VA Form 40-1330 or 40-130M along with proof they served in military service to request one from their local office branch across America.

Does the VA provide a headstone?

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides free headstones or markers for the unmarked grave, so that every Veteran can be honored in perpetuity.

The VA offers a variety of services to veterans and their families which include gravesite burial benefits through The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)  and other national cemeteries around America; this includes internationally deployed service members as well!

How much does a headstone cost?

The average cost for a standard flat headstone is around $1,000. But with more detailed upright ones costing between that and upwards of 3K depending on the type of headstone a family wants.

Military Headstones for Veterans

Veterans headstones show respect for these veterans who gave up their life's work to help protect their nation against foreign enemies at home or abroad. The veterans headstones can be made with materials like granite or marble, if desired by the  veterans family.

When veterans headstones are made, they show the veterans birth and death information as well as information on where veterans served, if desired by his or her family. The veterans headstone may also be engraved with a cross on top of it or another emblem to personalize it. This is up to the veterans' family on what kind of design he or she wants for their veterans headstones.

Many veterans' headstones can be found at a veterans cemetery , but some families choose to have them placed on their private land as a more personalized tribute to their military loved one who served in the armed forces. Veterans headstones offer closure and allow you to cherish memories about your loved ones who served in our nation's military during times of war .

Viewed as the highest honor America can bestow on someone, these veterans headstones are often found at veterans cemeteries but some families choose to have them placed on their own private land since they offer more personalization for their family member's memory. 

Veterans headstones contain all of your veterans' information including his or her full name, branch of military service, along with the dates of birth and passing. For those who died in war, veterans' headstones may include a cross on top of it (a Christian  cross) signifying a sacrifice for a greater cause.

Types of Veterans Grave Markers

Veteran headstones also come in the two types of veterans grave markers: flat veterans grave markers and upright veterans grave markers.

Flat veterans grave markers lay flat on top of veterans' graves. Upright veterans grave markers stand vertical to mark veterans' graves instead. Some families may choose to have both types of veterans headstones at their loved ones' graves, but it is most common to only use one type

The military headstone symbols often used on veterans headstones are crosses (for Christian military service members), stars (for Jewish military service members), or laurel wreath (for non-religious military service members). Other symbols that can found include highly detailed designs,  flags, nameplates, and even raised images.

There are veterans headstones for veterans of all nationalities (and many specific military branches too). American veterans headstones record the names of veterans who served in the United States Military. British veterans headstones record veterans of Britain's Royal Armed Forces or Commonwealth Forces. French veterans headstones record veterans of France's military forces. German veterans headstones mark graves of German soldiers who fought in wars across the globe. There are also veterans headstones for veterans from Canada, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea...the list goes on!

Stay on Top of Your Veteran Benefits

If you are looking for Veterans Headstones, the best place to start is with your local Department of Veteran Affairs office. A headstone may be purchased in advance and inscribed with the service member's full name (including rank) and military branch, date of birth or death. The VA provides a list of approved suppliers that can provide headstones at cost. Contact these vendors directly for more information on how to purchase one. Reach out to us at East Texas Funeral Home so we can assist you in picking the right headstone fit to honor your loved ones.

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