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Who is eligible to be buried in the National Cemetery?

Who is eligible to be buried in the National Cemetery?
• Most veterans who have been discharged from active duty military service under other than dishonorable conditions are entitled to burial in a National Cemetery.
• There are time restrictions for enlisted personnel who began their active service after September 7, 1980 and officer personnel who entered service after October 17, 1981. They must have completed 24 months of continuous service or the full period for which called to active duty, whichever is shorter.
• Veterans discharged due to a hardship discharge or a service-connected disability prior to completing 24 months of continuous service
• Any member of the US Armed Forces who dies while serving on active duty
• Any person who has retired from the Army or Air National Guard or from the Reserves
• The spouse of an eligible active duty member or veteran, even if the veteran or active duty member is not interred in a National Cemetery Minor dependent children of an eligible active duty member or veteran who are unmarried and under age 21 have entitlement to National Cemetery burial. A dependent child who has reached age 21 and is pursuing a course of instruction in an approved educational institution retains their eligibility until they reach age 23. The veteran’s or active duty member’s unmarried adult children who are incapable of self-support due to a permanent disability sustained prior to reaching age 21 can be buried in the National Cemetery. The adult child’s next of kin must provide the following documents to the cemetery at the time of burial: (a) a statement of the decedent’s marital status, (b) a statement of the degree of dependency; and (c) a statement from the attending physician as to the nature and duration of the disability.