VA launches Pre-Need Burial Eligibility Determination

Date: June 9, 2017
Subject: Veterans Burial Benefits/Pre-Need

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new program, Veterans Pre Need Burial Eligibility Determination that will greatly assist Veterans and their families.  This program, which is found at,

1-Allows Veterans and their families to have peace of mind as to their future burial eligibility in a national cemetery and

2-Saves Veteran’s families’ valuable time after a Veteran has died.

Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by: toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299 or mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151

Once VA determines that individuals are eligible, those individuals will be entitled to the same benefits they would receive were a determination made at the time of need (time of death). These include any or all of the following, at no cost to the family:

  • Burial in any open VA national cemetery, including opening and closing of the grave
  • Grave liner
  • Perpetual care of the gravesite
  • Government-furnished upright headstone, flat marker or niche cover
  • Burial flag
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate

Spouses, and eligible dependents, can be buried with their Veteran at a VA national cemetery as well even if they pre decease a Veteran.

Pre Need Fact Sheet 2017.pdf367.93 KB
Pre Need Application 2017.pdf763.15 KB