What Is VA Form 40-1330 Series?
VA Form 40-1330 series is a set of two forms used to apply for a headstone, marker or a medallion for a grave of deceased veterans. This series includes:
- VA Form 40-1330, Claim For Standard Government Headstone or Marker; and
- VA Form 40-1330M, Claim for Government Medallion for Placement in a Private Cemetery.
Eligible veterans are entitled to either a traditional headstone, marker or medallion. VA Form 40-1330 must be submitted to request a memorial marker. VA Form 40-1330M must be submitted to request a medallion.
These forms must be submitted by the next of kin (NOK), a person authorized in writing by the NOK, or a personal representative authorized in writing by the decedent, along with the veteran’s military discharge documents, to request a Government-provided headstone or marker.
Veterans Headstones Applications
To be considered eligible for the veteran headstone, marker or medallion, the deceased veteran should be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Any member of the armed forces who died on active duty is also eligible.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) can provide a marble headstone; marble, granite or bronze marker; bronze niche marker or a bronze medallion. It is also possible to request a Medal of Honor medallion.
Upon request, the VA can furnish 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 free of charge. A military headstone or marker to supplement the grave or a Medallion to be affixed to a privately purchased headstone can be also obtained for eligible veterans that died on or after November 1, 1990.
Memorial headstones and markers can be furnished for eligible individuals or groups, whose remains are not recovered or identified, are buried at sea, donated to science or whose cremated remains have been scattered.
When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, state veterans' cemetery, or military post or base cemetery, a headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials based on inscription information provided by the NOK or authorized representative.
Memorial headstones and markers for spouses and other dependents are not available for placement in private cemeteries. Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state Veterans' cemetery, or military post or base cemetery.
The VA may replace a headstone and markers that are badly deteriorated, illegible, stolen or vandalized. A new headstone or marker can be replaced at the government expense, if the inscription is incorrect, if it was damaged during shipping, or if the material or workmanship does not meet contract specifications.
This form is used to request a marble headstone or a bronze or granite marker for a deceased veteran from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This form is used to request a Government-provided medallion for a deceased veteran. This form should be completed by an authorized person or a next of kin of the deceased.