Eligibility requirements for a Texas State Cemetery are the same as for United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can be seen at the Veterans Affairs website or by calling the VA’s toll-free burial benefits number at 1-800-827-1000. If you have any questions about eligibility, please call us at the Texas Veterans Land Board toll free at 1-800-252-VETS (8387).
Burial at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery is a benefit earned by Veterans for their service to their country. There is no charge for burial of Veterans. The burial benefit includes the grave plot, the opening and closing of the grave, a concrete grave liner for casketed burials, a headstone or marker, and perpetual care of the grave. The funeral home will obtain a burial flag to accompany the Veteran’s casket or urn.
The burial benefit for Veterans, their spouses, and their children does not cover funeral home charges such as the cost of a casket, cremation, viewing, flower cars, or transportation of the remains and family. However, if the Veteran dies of a service connected cause of death, the family may be eligible for reimbursement from the VA for some of the funeral home costs up to $2,000.
The cemetery representative or state cemetery program director can provide information on current charges for spouses and dependent children.