Massachusetts National Cemetery (VA) in Bourne, Massachusetts
A grave site is not reserved
No charge for grave or grave liner
Usually, the funeral director makes arrangements with VA cemetery representative:
Name of Veteran
Social Security Number
VA Claim Number
Date and place of entry into the service
Date and place of separation from the service
Branch of Service
Date and place of birth
Date and place of death
Discharge must indicate under conditions other than honorable. Verification for eligibility is usually accomplished between the funeral director and superintendent of the VA cemetery in two work days.
If the spouse or dependent child pre-deceases the veteran, the burial is authorized upon request, on a statement signed by the veteran indicating that he/she elects to be buried in the same cemetery. Superintendent of the VA cemetery is responsible for providing the agreement form having it properly executed.
To facilitate arranging an internment, in a national cemetery, should be made now in a statement of wishes (will, etc.) and this statement placed among other important documents that will be immediately available to the survivors.
* For the purpose of burial in a VA cemetery, a minor child is a person who is unmarried and; under the age of 21 years, after attaining the age 21 years and until completion of education or training (but not after attaining the age of 23 years) is pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution.
V.A. Grave Markers: All honorably discharged veteran' and men or women who served in the National Guard over 20 years are entitled to a grave marker. Family members may be required to pay the cemeteries installation charges. Installation charges are figured by the cemetery personnel.