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Cemetery Benefits

Attention Veterans

We understand that these cemeteries may be a small drive for you. Remember, it is an honor to be buried in a National Cemetery! They are owned by the American people for the exclusive use of Veterans and their families. 

All honorably discharged Veterans, their spouses and dependent children are entitled to free grave space, cemetery marker, grave liners and perpetual care in a National Cemetery. This benefit can save your family thousands of dollars.

National Cemeteries

Bath National Cemetery

Bath National CemeteryBath National Cemetery is located in Steuben County, N.Y., just 80 miles South of Rochester. The cemetery is adjacent to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

The cemetery was originally a part of the New York State Soldiers and Sailors Home, which was established in 1877; the cemetery was dedicated in Dec. 25, 1879. In 1930, the Soldiers and Sailors Home and cemetery became two integrated components of the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). When 82 national cemeteries were transferred from the Department of Army to the Veterans Administration in 1973, the Bath VAMC Cemetery became part of the National Cemetery System and was designated appropriately. Bath is the final resting place of the “first and oldest” U.S. MIA’s (Missing in Action).

Currently, Bath National is accepting both casketed and cremains interments.

Woodlawn National Cemetery

Woodlawn National CemeteryWoodlawn National Cemetery is located in Elmira, N.Y., in Chemung County, just 100 miles south of Rochester. The cemetery is next to Woodlawn City Cemetery.

In 1861, Camp Rathbun, near the town of Elmira, was established as a training camp at the beginning of the Civil War. As the Union troops who trained there were sent to their respective assignments, the camp emptied and in 1864 it was turned into the Elmira Prison prisoner-of-war camp. The facilities were not adequate to house the thousands of Confederate prisoners, and many succumbed to exposure, malnutrition, and smallpox. Nearly 3000 men were subsequently interred at the cemetery. Woodlawn National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 6, 2004.

Woodlawn Cemetery has space available for cremated remains in a columbarium. It can accommodate casketed remains of subsequent family members in the same gravesite of previously interred family members.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army and performs 27 to 30 funeral services each day. The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery accepts the cremated remains of all Veterans, spouses & dependent children for inurnment in its columbarium at no cost. As for full body burial, interment is limited to recipients of the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross and Medal of Honor. Any Veteran of any rank who has twenty year’s service (retired) is also eligible.

Veteran Memorial Cemeteries

Sampson Veteran Memorial Cemetery

Sampson Veteran Memorial CemeterySampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SVMC) is located on 162 acres along the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in the pristine, glacier-carved Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. The cemetery is on the site of the former Sampson Naval Training Station and Sampson Air Force Base; one of the most historically significant military sites in the Finger Lakes Region, having served more than 1 million servicemen and women.

SVMC opened in 2009 and is managed and operated under the direction of the Seneca County Economic Development Corporation. Although they operate under VA National Cemetery guidelines, the cemetery is not funded by Federal, State, or County resources at this time. In the near future, the cemetery hopes to become a federally funded National Cemetery, or the first VA funded New York State Cemetery.

Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery accepts both casketed and cremains interments. 

Headstones & Markers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supplies a Government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, at no cost. Our staff will make all the arrangements on the deceased Veteran’s behalf for the ordering and placement of the appropriate marker. 

Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available for in-ground burials. Bronze niche markers are also available to mark the inurnment of cremated remains. 

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