Veterans, service members, spouses, and dependents may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery, as well as other benefits, if they meet one of the requirements listed below.
The person qualifying for burial benefits is:
- A Veteran who didn't receive a dishonorable discharge, or
- A service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training, or
- The spouse or minor child of a Veteran, even if the Veteran died first, or
- In some cases, the unmarried adult dependent child of a Veteran
The Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park is a state-operated cemetery located just north of Camp Williams in Bluffdale, Utah. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Wasatch Mountains and pays tribute as an honored burial ground to Veterans, their spouses, and dependent children.
You or your family can choose any funeral home or mortuary to help plan your services. Bring the veteran's DD-214 or military discharge paperwork to the mortuary. The mortuary will send the DD-214 to the cemetery. The mortuary will also contact the cemetery to reserve a day and time for the graveside service and burial. To schedule a burial please contact the cemetery directly at 801-254-9036.
Learn more: Utah Veterans Cemetery
Most Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable are eligible to receive headstones, markers, and medallions, at no cost to the applicant.
A Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved paper certificate signed by the current president. You or your loved one may be eligible for a Presidential Memorial Certificate if you meet both of the requirements listed below.
- The Veteran or Reservist is eligible for burial in a national cemetery, and
- You’re the next of kin, family member, or close friend of the Veteran or Reservist (or an authorized service representative for a family member or friend of the Veteran or Reservist)
Learn more: Federal VA – Presidential Memorial Certificates
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a United States flag to drape on a casket (or coffin) or place with an urn in honor of the military service of a Veteran or Reservist. You may be eligible for a burial flag if you’re the next of kin or a close friend of the Veteran or Reservist and one of the descriptions below is true for that person.
- Served in wartime, or
- Died while serving on active duty after May 27, 1941, or
- Served after January 31, 1955, or
- Served in peacetime and left military service before June 27, 1950, after serving at least 1 enlistment, or because of a disability that was caused—or made worse—by their active military service, or
- Served in the Selected Reserves (in certain cases), or served in the military forces of the Philippines while in service of the United States and died on or after April 25, 1951. For more information on either of these situations, call 800-827-1000, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.
To get a burial flag, fill out the Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes and bring it to a funeral director, or A VA regional office, or a United States post office (Call ahead to make sure your local post office has burial flags. If they don’t, they can direct you to one that does).
Learn more: Federal VA – Burial Flags
VA burial allowances are flat rate monetary benefits that are paid for an eligible Veteran's burial and funeral costs. You may be eligible for Veterans burial allowances if you’re paying for the burial and funeral costs and you won’t be reimbursed by any other organization, like another government agency or the Veteran’s employer. You must also meet all of the requirements listed below
One of these relationships or professional roles describes your connection to the Veteran:
- You’re the Veteran’s surviving spouse (Note: We recognize same-sex marriages.), or
- You’re the surviving partner from a legal union (a relationship made formal in a document issued by the state recognizing the union), or
- You’re a surviving child of the Veteran, or
- You’re a parent of the Veteran, or
- You’re the executor or administrator of the Veteran’s estate (someone who officially represents the Veteran)
The Veteran must not have received a dishonorable discharge, and one of these circumstances must be true:
- The Veteran died as a result of a service-connected disability (a disability related to service), or
- The Veteran died while getting VA care, either at a VA facility or at a facility contracted by VA, or
- The Veteran died while traveling with proper authorization, and at VA's expense, either to or from a facility for an examination, or to receive treatment or care, or
- The Veteran died with an original or reopened claim for VA compensation or pension pending at the time of death, if they would’ve been entitled to benefits before the time of death, or
- The Veteran died while receiving a VA pension or compensation, or
- The Veteran died while eligible for a VA pension or compensation at time of death, but instead received full military retirement or disability pay
- The Veteran had been getting a VA pension or compensation when they died, or
- The Veteran had chosen to get military retired pay instead of compensation
Note: The VA will also provide an allowance for the cost of transporting a Veteran’s remains for burial in a national cemetery.
Learn more: Federal VA – Burial Allowance
The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for providing military funeral honors upon the family’s request. Funeral home directors can request military funeral honors on behalf of the Veteran's family. The Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration cemetery staff can also assist with arranging military funeral honors at VA national cemeteries. Arrangements for military honors can also be made directly with the Utah Veterans Cemetery for burial services held at the state cemetery.