Burial Benefits

BURIAL SPACE

This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.

SCHEDULE A BURIAL

Fax an Interment application and all military discharge documentation to the State Veterans Cemetery office at (509)-299-6286 and follow-up with a phone call to (509)-299-6280 Option ‘0’.  A copy of the marriage certificate is also required for spouse interments.  If the veteran/spouse is pre-registered simply call (509)-299-6280 Option ‘0’ and provide the name and pre-registration number.  Interment applications are available on our Forms link.

Pre-registration offers a way for a veteran or family member to make final arrangements and is highly encouraged.  There is no obligation for pre-registering.  Applications are available on our Forms page.

Burial Benefits

Eligibility for interment in the State Veterans Cemetery mirrors National Veterans Cemetery eligibility requirements. In general, U.S. veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and their spouses and dependent children are eligible.

More information on National Veterans Cemetery Eligibility Requirements is available at or by contacting a WDVA Benefits Specialist at (800) 562-2308.

Interment Costs

For spouses or dependent children, $300.00 will be collected on the day of interment. For veterans, the Federal VA provides the following:

Burial plot or columbarium niche
Concrete liner for casket burials
Opening and closing of the grave
Perpetual care of the gravesite
Inscribed gravestone
30 minute committal service

All other funeral expenses are paid by the Veteran’s family or estate.

Some Veterans or their widows/widowers may be eligible for additional Federal VA benefits. To determine whether the veteran or family member is eligible for additional benefits please call 1-800-562-2308.

Types of Interment Offered

The State Veterans Cemetery provides for in-ground casket burial sites.  Columbarium niches, in-ground cremation inurnment and a scattering garden are available for cremation interments.

 

Federal VA Burial Benefits and Eligibility

Burial & Memorial Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

Military Funeral Honors

Military Funeral Honors Fact Sheet

 

Veterans Cemeteries in Washington

Tahoma National Cemetery

Washington State Veterans Cemetery - Medical Lake

 

County Veterans Assistance/Burial

County aid for indigent families of deceased veterans who have resided in Washington state for at least one year may be available.  Contact your County officials for eligibility information.