What do you know about the Veteran’s Administration Headstone Program?

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world. For all deaths occurring before September 11, 2001, the VA may provide a headstone or marker only for graves that are not marked with a private headstone.
Spouses and dependents buried in a private cemetery are not eligible for a government-provided headstone or marker.
Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.

Right now I am heading up a project for my husband’s family for one of his ancestors that fought in the War Between the States. At the time of his death in 1923, the family could not afford a traditional tombstone, which meant his is one of many graves marked by nothing but a fieldstone. Unfortunately the church cemetery he was buried at kept no records at all of the burials done in their cemetery, not even a note as to what section a person was laid to rest.
It has been 85 years since his death, and there is no longer anyone living who might remember which rock is his. We have no known place to put flowers or anything to honor him except that his death certificate states he was interred in a specific cemetery.
I am lucky enough that the pastor and the church board agree with me that its important for there to be a marker for this Confederate Veteran and they are currently voting on letting me place a stone in the cemetery, and while it might not be on his actual grave, its at least “something” and will act as a lasting remembrance to a man that endured four years of hell and survived to raise a very long lived and prolific family, one that I am extremely proud to have married into.

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