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Veteran Grave Markers

Free Veteran Grave Markers, how to obtain one.

Free veteran grave markers for most of the unmarked Veteran graves of any American Veteran can be ordered from the Veterans Administration. Grave Markers for Veterans are available in a variety of grave marker types and are made of either granite, marble or bronze. Any person can order a memorial grave marker for the veteran. It is not necessary to be a descendant or relative.

To obtain an Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker, write to the following address:

Monument Service
Department of Memorial Affairs
Veterans Administration
941 N. Capitol St., N.E.
Room 9320
Washington, D.C. 20420

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VA Grave Marker Form

Upon receipt of the Veteran Grave Marker application, complete it as directed and take the filled out form on how you wish the marker to read to the cemetery, they need to agree to accept delivery of the grave marker, a cemetery official has to sign the form. The cemetery will return the form to the Veterans Administration for you normally.

Please also note: Even though the veteran's grave marker is free, you will most probably have to pay a setting, care and or foundation fee to have it erected or placed on your loved ones burial space within the cemetery.

Check with the Cemetery to see if a V.A. Grave Marker is permissible in the area where your loved one is laid to rest. Also most Cemeteries will want the property owner of record to give permission to place the veteran's grave marker on the veteran's burial space.

Samples of Veteran Markers


    Most cemeteries do not allow the upright headstones due to the extra required ground maintenance that is needed.

    These headstones are 42 inches long, 13 inches wide and 4 inches thick. Weight is approximately 230 pounds. Variations may occur in stone color, and the marble may contain light to moderate veining.


    Upright Marble

    Sample upright marble marker

    Upright Granite

    Sample upright granite marker


    In some cemeteries a concrete border may be required, to extend the size of the grave marker for the Veteran to make it uniform in size to the surrounding markers, this is known as a restricted area.

    The flat bronze grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide, with 3/4 inch rise. Weight is approximately 18 pounds. Anchor bolts, nuts and washers for fastening to a base are furnished with the marker. The government does not furnish a base.

    The flat granite and flat marble grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 4 inches thick. Weight is approximately 130 pounds. Variations may occur in stone color; the marble may contain light to moderate veining. (Shown is the Flat Granite)


    Sample flat bronze grave marker

    Flat Granite or Flat Marble

    Sample flat granite grave marker

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