VA Form 40-1330

Click on the button below to complete the fillable form. You can also download and print the form and bring with you to the funeral home to have our staff assist you in completing.

A copy of the Veteran’s DD214 must accompany the application for the Veterans marker. 

Please bring with you when meeting with our staff member. 

Veterans headstones and markers

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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.

 

Mahar Monuments will happily assist you in completing the necessary requirements in applying for a headstone, grave marker for your deceased loved one. 

Veterans and active-duty service members

A Veteran who didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge or a service member who died while on active duty may be eligible for a headstone or marker if they meet the requirements specific to when they served.

 

Enlisted personnel who served BEFORE September 7, 1980, and officers who served before October 16, 1981- At least one of the following must be true.  The Veteran or service member:

  • Died on or after November 1, 1990, and their grave is currently marked with a privately purchased headstone, or
  • Was buried in an unmarked grave, anywhere in the world

Note: If the Veteran or service member served before World War I, we require detailed documents, like muster rolls, extracts from state files, or the military or state organization where they served.

Enlisted personnel who served AFTER September 7, 1980, and officers who served after October 16, 1981- At least one of the following must be true.  The Veteran or service member: 

  • Died on or after November 1, 1990, and their grave is currently marked with a privately purchased headstone, or
  • Was buried in an unmarked grave, anywhere in the world

And at least one of these must also be true. The Veteran or service member:

  • Served for a minimum of 24 months of continuous active duty, or
  • Died while serving on active duty

Note: Hmong individuals who were living in the U.S. when they died are eligible if they were naturalized under the Hmong Veterans Naturalization Act of 2000 and died on or after March 23, 2018.

National Guard members and Reservists

A National Guard member or Reservist may be eligible for a headstone or marker if they meet any of the requirements listed below specific to their type of service.

National Guard Members

At least one of the following must be true. The National Guard member:

  • Was entitled to retirement pay at their time of death (or would have been entitled if they were over 60 years old), or
  • Served in a federal status and for the period of time they were called to serve

Reservists

And at least one of these must also be true. The Reservists:

  • Was entitled to retirement pay at their time of death (or would have been entitled if they were over 60 years old), or
  • Was called to active duty for purposes other than training

Note: National Guard members or Reservists who have only limited active-duty service for training aren’t eligible in most cases. They may be eligible in certain situations, such as if they died during or as the result of the training.