The National Cemetery System is operated by the DVA. Burial in a National Cemetery includes the gravesite, the headstone, opening and closing the grave and perpetual care.
Any deceased veteran discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable is eligible for burial in a National Cemetery. Military service after September 7, 1980, requires a minimum of 24 months of service except for special circumstances.
Individuals with 20 or more years of service in the National Guard or Reserves, entitled to retired pay are eligible for burial. Spouses, surviving spouses, dependent children and adult handicap children are eligible for burial. One gravesite is authorized for the interment of all eligible members of a family. A gravesite is not reserved before it is needed for burial. Military honors are not provided by the DVA.