Military Families and Caretakers

Funeral and Burial Services

The Final Honors Program

DVS ensures all deceased NYC veterans - even if unclaimed or abandoned - are given military funerals with honors and buried at a National Cemetery once they are verified as eligible for military honors. A DVS official is present the day of each unclaimed or abandoned veterans' National Cemetery funeral to bear witness to his or her sacrifice for our country.

Any unclaimed or abandoned veteran decedent whose eligibility for VA-provided funeral honors and benefits is non-verifiable or who are ineligible are buried at NYC's Hart Island.

Veterans can learn in advance if they are eligible to be buried in a VA national cemetery by applying for a pre-need determination of eligibility. Visit the VA’s Pre-Need Eligibility website to learn more about the eligibility requirements, application process, and what information you need to apply. After reviewing the website, please download and submit VA Form 40-10007. Please note, this application is for planning for your own burial in advance. Please do not complete this form if you’re requesting a burial for someone after they have passed.

If you are looking to arrange a funeral or burial for a veteran who has passed, please contact us:

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