Veterans Land Board
800-252-VETS (8387)

Eligibility & Costs

The following are the general eligibility requirements to be buried at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery.


  • Veterans and members of armed forces
  • Certain Members of Reserve Components & Reserve Officer Training Corps
  • Commissioned Officers of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Services
  • World War II Merchant Marines
  • Philippine Armed Forces
  • Spouses and Dependents (however, burial of dependent children is limited to unmarried children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution.)


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).

Charges for Interment


Burial at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery is a benefit earned by Veterans, their spouses, and eligible dependents for their dedicated service to our country. There is no charge for the interment of Veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents. The burial benefit includes military honors for Veterans, the grave plot, the opening and closing of the grave, a concrete grave liner for casketed burials, a headstone or marker, presentation of the burial flag to the next of kin, a Presidential certificate, playing of Taps, a gun salute, and perpetual care of the grave. The funeral home will obtain a burial flag to accompany the Veteran's casket or urn and will assist with requesting military honors.

The burial benefit for Veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents 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.

Military Service Documents

The VLB provides the best benefits package in the nation exclusively for Texas Veterans, military members and their families.