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Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.

The VA administers the PMC program by preparing the certificates which bear the current President's signature expressing the country's grateful recognition of the veteran's service in the U.S. Armed Forces. Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased veterans. More than one certificate may be provided.

Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a PMC in person at any VA regional office or by U.S. mail or toll-free fax. Requests cannot be sent via email. Enclose a copy of the veteran's discharge and death certificate to verify eligibility, as requests cannot be processed without proof of honorable military service. Submit copies only, as original documents will not be returned. To apply for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, or if a request was submitted more than eight (8) weeks ago and was not fulfilled, complete the application and submit again:

Download VA Form 40-0247, Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form, at the VA's Cemetery and Burial VA Burial website. Instructions on the PMC can be found at National Cemetery Administration.

Mail applications to:

Presidential Memorial Certificates (41A1C) 
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903
(800) 455-7143 (F)


Note: Presidential Memorial Certificates are automatically ordered for the families of veterans buried at national or state veterans cemeteries.

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Presidential Memorial Certificates