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National Cemeteries

The VA's National Cemetery Administration maintains 135 national cemeteries in 40 states (and Puerto Rico) as well as 33 Soldier's lots and monument sites. There are nine national cemeteries in California, of which five are presently accepting new interments:

The other national cemeteries in California are only accepting burials of family members of persons already interred, or if space becomes available due to disinterment from an existing gravesite.

Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.

Burial benefits may include the following: gravesites for casket or cremation remains, columbarium niches for cremation remains, headstones or markers, opening and closing of the graves, and continued perpetual care. Burial of eligible veterans and dependents is at no cost when interred at a national cemetery.

Associated funeral expenses are the responsibility of the veteran and/or family. For assistance in completing applications for cemetery and burial benefits, please contact your local County Veterans Service Office.  To schedule a burial in a national cemetery, follow the instructions on the National Cemetery Administration's website,

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