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Benefit Category: Federal
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran’s military service to his or her country. VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for each other than dishonorable discharged.
Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it. For those VA national cemeteries with an Avenue of Flags, families of veterans buried in these national cemeteries may donate the burial flags of their loved ones to be flown on patriotic holidays.
You may apply for the flag by completing VA Form 21-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. (pdf)
You may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help you obtain the flag.
Every eligible veteran is entitled to just one free burial flag. If family members or friends want a burial flag they will have to purchase or find other resources. Options to purchase flags: CVS Flag Store or the VFW Store.