What are the requirements for veterans who wish to be buried in a National Cemetery?

For the purpose of receiving burial in a National Cemetery, a “veteran” is defined as one of the following:

•   Someone who is currently serving, or has served, as a member of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard)
•   Members of Reserve Components and Reserve Officers Training Corps
•   Commissioned Officers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
•   A Commissioned Officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service
•   World War II Merchant Mariners
•   The Philippine Armed Forces

For detailed information on determining veteran status as it pertains to funeral benefits, visit http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/eligible.asp.