NC Veteran Cemeteries

North Carolina is home to four State Veteran Cemeteries, located in Jacksonville, Black Mountain, Goldsboro and Salisbury. Each Cemetery has a local office, but it is important to note that the Federal Veterans Administration oversees the program and can assist in meeting the costs associated with burial and funeral costs.  The information below is intended to assist veterans and their families with the process of applying for and securing placement in a State Veteran Cemetery.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Administration oversees a burial benefits program designed to assist claimants in meeting the funeral and burial costs of a deceased veteran.  The VA does not make funeral arrangements with a funeral provider or cremation office.

You should advise your family of your wishes and where your discharge papers are kept. These papers are very important in establishing your eligibility. You may wish to make pre-need arrangements with a funeral home.

Service-Connected Death

If a veteran’s death is service-connected, the VA will pay burial allowance of up to $2,000 for deaths on or after Sept. 11, 2001. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of moving the veteran’s body to the national cemetery nearest the veteran’s home may also be reimbursed. There is no time limit for applying for a service-connected burial allowance. The person who bore the veteran’s burial expense may claim reimbursement from any VA regional office.

Non-Service Related Death

If a veteran’s death is not service-connected, there are two types of payments the VA may make: Burial and funeral expense allowances. The VA will pay a burial and funeral allowance if the veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and the veteran was in receipt of VA pension or compensation at the time of death. If a veteran died while in a VA facility or as a patient at an approved state nursing home, the VA may also pay this allowance.

Burial Plot Allowance

When a veteran is buried in a cemetery that is not under the U.S. government jurisdiction, the VA may also pay a plot allowance, provided that the veteran was discharged under a condition other than dishonorable; and met other qualifications similar to that of a non-service-connected death.

Filing a Claim for Reimbursement of Expenses

To file for reimbursement of burial expenses, an Application of Burial Allowance form must be submitted to the VA. The person filing the claim must also provide a certified copy of the veteran’s death certificate and proof of the veteran’s military service (Form DD-214), and itemized bills of the funeral and burial expenses.

Burial Flag

A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran’s military service to his or her country. When burial is in a national, state or post cemetery, a burial flag will automatically be provided. When burial is in a private cemetery, the funeral director will generally help the next of kin with this process.

Headstones and Markers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.  For eligible veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990 and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone, VA may also furnish a headstone or marker to supplement the grave or a medallion to be affixed to the privately purchased headstone.

Eligible veterans are entitled to either a Government-furnished headstone or marker, or the new medallion, but not both.

Bronze Medallions for Headstones and Markers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may also provide a medallion, by request, to be affixed to an existing privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased’s status as a veteran.  If requested, the medallion is furnished in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or marker for veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.

Burial at Sea

The VA National Cemetery Administration cannot provide burial at sea . For information, contact the U.S. Navy Mortuary Affairs office toll free at 866-787-0081.

Military Funeral Honors

The Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for providing military funeral honors. “Honoring Those Who Served” is the title of the DoD program for providing dignified military funeral honors to veterans who have defended our nation.  Visit the North Carolina Veterans Affairs website for further information and instructions about this service.

Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current president, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.

Survivor Benefit Plan

When a military retiree dies, their retirement pay stops. This means that the surviving spouse no longer receives income. If a veteran is a military retiree, thought needs to be given as to how to protect the spouse from hardships caused by the loss of the retirement pay.

One option available is the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). The SBP is an insurance plan that will pay the veteran’s surviving spouse a monthly payment (annuity) to help make up for the loss of retirement income. The plan is designed to protect survivors against the risks of the veteran’s early death, a survivor outliving the benefits, and inflation.

Survivors should report retiree deaths to the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) casualty office at 800-321-1080.

North Carolina State and National Cemeteries

The primary mission of the NCDVA Veterans Cemeteries is to provide a free burial plot to a North Carolina Veteran and their legal spouse and dependents under certain conditions. The veterans must be discharged under honorable conditions and meet certain residency requirements.

State Veterans Cemeteries

Black Mountain
Western Carolina
962 Old US 70 Hwy
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Coastal Carolina
110 Montford Point Rd
Jacksonville, NC 28541
Spring Lake
400 Murchison Road
Spring Lake, NC 28390
Eastern Carolina
164 Longs Plant Farm Rd
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Phase I scheduled to be completed and able to receive Veterans, Fall 2015. (844)-NC4-VETS

National Veterans Cemetery

501 Statesville Blvd.
Salisbury, NC 28144

*Salisbury National Cemetery is the only remaining National Cemetery interring in NC.