Preparing for Burial

Veterans, spouses, and their dependents are eligible to be interred at the Maine Veterans' Cemetery System (MVCS).  The State of Maine provides the plot, will open and close the grave and supplies perpetual care, at no cost to the family.  Eligible dependents will be buried (or inurned) adjacent to or in the same plot as the veteran. The Federal Government supplies the stone at no cost.

Persons eligible for burial in one of Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemeteries are as follows:

  • Individuals who have served in the active United States Armed Forces.  Veterans who served in the active United States Armed Forces include:
    • Members of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard
    • All persons appointed, enlisted or inducted into the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard without component
    • Army or Air National Guard of the United States and Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard members on Active Duty pursuant to USC 12301, 12302, 12303 or 14 USC 712
  • Individuals who served and died as a result of injury, disease or illness sustained while serving on active duty as National Guard
  • Those members of the reserve components (reserve or National Guard) who served for at least 20 years. Members of the Reserve Components of the United States are eligible for burial if they became entitled to retired pay under 10 USC Chapter 1223 or would have been entitled to retired pay under Chapter 1223 but for the fact that they were under 60 years of age.

In order to be eligible for burial in MVCS, a veteran must, if discharged from the armed services, have received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions – provided the discharge was not upgraded through a program of general amnesty.

Spouses, widows, widowers and dependent children are also eligible to be buried in MVCS.  Dependent children eligible to be buried in the MVCS include:

  • Unmarried minor children
  • Unmarried dependent children enrolled in secondary school
  • Unmarried adult children who became incapable of self-support before reaching 18 years of age on account of mental or physical disability and are unmarried

We Need Your Input

As the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services prepares to offer green burial services to Maine veterans, we want to hear from you! Below is a short survey that will provide the Bureau with the necessary information to successfully implement the roll-out of this new potential option.