VETERAN'S BENEFITS

For families of honorably discharged veterans, there are many different types of benefits that are available to you.  Benefits are available on Federal, State and Local (County Based) levels.

All honorably discharged veterans may receive:

  • 9’ X 5.5” American Flag (to be placed in the casket, folded and then draped over the casket and presented to the family.
  • Free grave marker (Granite or Bronze)
  • Military Honors (Taps, Firing Squad, Flag Presentation
  • Burial in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery (a National Cemetery)
  • May be eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery

FEDERAL BENEFITS

Wartime Veteran Benefits
If Burial is NOT in a NATIONAL CEMETERY may include :

  • Transportation from a VA hospital to the funeral home
  • Transportation from funeral home to any cemetery if veteran died in a VA facility or was receiving disability or pension at the time of death.
  • United States Flag
  • Cemetery Flag Marker
  • Government Marker for the Veteran; may include spouse’s name if requested.  **
  • Monetary burial and plot allowance for a Veteran who dies in a VA Hospital and/or is receiving a disability and/or pension at the time of death.

If Burial IS in a National Cemetery may include:

  • Transportation from a VA Hospital to the funeral home
  • Transportation from funeral home to any cemetery if veteran died in a VA Facility or was receiving disability or pension at the time of death.
  • United States Flag
  • Cemetery Flag Marker
  • Government Marker for the Veteran; may include spouse’s name if requested . **

A monetary burial allowance for a Veteran who is buried in a National Cemetery rather than the monetary benefit listed above. However , in addition to the free marker and installation in a National Cemetery, the Veteran’s Administration  also provides:

  • Free burial space in a National Cemetery
  • Free outer burial container in the National Cemetery {Graveliner, not a vault)
  • Free opening and closing of the grave in the National Cemetery or Niche for Cremation

To be eligible for Wartime Veterans Benefits, the Veteran must have served at least ONE DAY during dates of war. A $2,000 benefit may be available for a veteran who dies of a service-connected disability . The Veterans Administration Office will determine eligibility.

Peacetime Veteran Benefits

  • United States Flag
  • Government marker for the Veteran; may include the spouse’s name, if requested. **

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

STATE BENEFITS

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will provide unlimited Free Certified Copies of the Death Certificate (Takes 4-8 weeks to obtain). Other states may vary.


local benefits - county

  • Pay towards the installation of the veterans marker in a cemetery
  • Bronze or plastic VA Grave Flag holder and new flag in it each year.
  • $100.00 towards funeral expenses.

The above information may change without notice to the funeral home. Current benefits may be checked by linking to the following website. www.vba.va.go/ survivors/index.htm.

** Note ...All cemeteries and/or monument companies have an installation fee for placing the government marker and where applicable, the support base.  This fee may range from $200 - $700 or more . When burial is in a National Cemetery, there is no charge for the installation of this marker.


indiantown gap national cemetery

Hours
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed federal holidays
except Memorial Day.

Visitation Hours:
Open daily from dawn to dusk.

Funeral Procedures for Indiantown Gap National Cemetery:

Our Funeral Home will schedule and handle all necessary paperwork when families select Indiantown Gap National Cemetery for burial.  Burials are scheduled every 15 minutes and once we provide proof of eligibility to the Cemetery, we are then assigned an arrival time.  Upon arrival at the cemetery, one of our funeral directors will have the procession pull up toe the assigned waiting area, they will then escort the next of kin into the administration uilding to sign the necessary paperwork.  Families will be presented with inscription options and will be notified of the grave location and cemetery procedures. 

The funeral director and family will then return to their vehicles and will wait in procession for an escort from the staff of the Cemetery which will lead us to the Committal Shelter.  We are limited to 15-20 minutes at the newly constructed committal shelter (see photo below).   Military Honors and Flag Presentation for veterans will be provided by the Military Honor Guard.  It is critical that all funeral processions arrive on time, otherwise the procession may lose our appointment time and will have to wait until the next available time for committal services. 

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

Map of Cemetery

Click here to download a Map of Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

General Information
Yearly events include a Memorial Day Ceremony the Sunday before Memorial Day at 2:00 p.m. rain or shine. A Veteran’s Day Ceremony the Sunday before Veteran’s Day at 2:00 p.m. rain or shine and the Annual Candlelight Service the 2nd Saturday of December at 4:30 p.m.

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery oversees and maintains soldiers plots in Ashland Cemetery in Carlisle and Prospect Hill Cemetery in York.

Donation of American Flags

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and most national cemeteries display an Avenue of Flags on patriotic holidays and during special events. The Avenues consist of burial flags donated by the families of deceased Veterans and provide a unique visible tribute to all of our Nation’s Veterans.

A Certificate of Appreciation is presented to the donor for providing their loved ones’ burial flag to a national cemetery. 

Burial Benefits

Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any national cemetery with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the family. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.

Gravesites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance.  You should advise your family of your wishes and where your discharge papers are kept. These papers are very important in establishing your eligibility.

For Burial in a Private Cemetery
Burial benefits available for Veterans buried in a private cemetery may include a Government headstone, marker or medallion, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. There are not any VA benefits available to spouses and dependents buried in a private cemetery.

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
RR# 2, Box 484 Indiantown Gap Road
Annville, PA 1702
Phone:  (717) 865-5254
Fax:  (717) 865-5256
http://www.cem.va.gov


ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

For information on burial requirements for burial in Arlington National Cemetery, please call 1-877-907-8585 or on the web at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/