Presidential Veteran's Memorial Certificate

A Presidential Memorial Certificate can be issued to a family of a veteran upon the veteran's death through a program administered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Upon request with documentation, the VA will prepare a certificate with the President's signature expressing the country's recognition of the veteran's service. President Kennedy started the program in March, 1962, to honor the memory of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. The program has been continued by all subsequent Presidents. Eligible recipients include the next of kin, other relatives, or friends of the veteran.

Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a Presidential Memorial Certificate in person, or through the mail, at any VA Regional Office. Call 1-800-827-1000 for the office nearest you. Applicants should provide a copy of documents which would establish honorable military service (DD-214). For veterans whose service was prior to July 16, 1903, requests should be sent to:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
National Cemetery Administration (403A)
810 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20420

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Update: March 28, 2011