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Veterans' Funeral & Burial Benefits

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors 2010 Edition

National Veterans' Cemeteries:

Fort Custer Nat'l Cemetery
15501 Dickman Road
Augusta, MI 49012
(269) 731-4164

Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery
Mackinac State Park
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Great Lakes Nat'l Cemetery
4200 Belford Road
Holly, MI 48442
(866) 348-8603

Lakeside Cemetery
Soldiers' Lot

3781 Gratiot Street
Port Huron, MI 48060

The following is owned and operated by the State of Michigan:

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery
3000 Monroe, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Jack Devine, Director
616-364-5400
(Not a VA-Grant-Funded Cemetery)

Veterans Burial Benefits

National Veterans' Cemeteries

All veterans are entitled to a free burial in a national cemetery and a grave marker. Spouses and dependent children also are entitled to a lot and marker when buried in a national cemetery. This eligibility also extends to some civilians who have provided military-related service and some Public Health Service personnel.

There are no charges for opening or closing the grave, for a vault or grave liner, or for setting the marker in a national cemetery. The family generally is responsible for other expenses, including transportation.

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico as well as 33 soldier’s lots and monument sites.

For more information, click to the Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors 2010 Edition, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs' Web site, or call (800) 827-1000.

Important Note: The FTC urges consumers to beware of commercial cemeteries that advertise "veterans' specials." These cemeteries sometimes offer a free plot for the veteran, but they might charge exorbitant rates for an adjoining plot for the spouse as well as high fees for opening and closing each grave.