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Eligibility & Costs

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The following are the general eligibility requirements to be buried at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Eligibility requirements for a Texas State Cemetery are the same as for United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries.

  • 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.)

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).

star Charges for Interment
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 cemetery representative or state cemetery program director can provide information on current charges for spouses and dependent children.

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.