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Veteran Burial Services

For more information on Veteran Burial Services, please complete a request for services here.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays a funeral expense stipend for certain eligible veterans. The VA pays for burials in National Cemeteries.  The County pays for burials in the County Veteran Cemetery.  Burials in private cemeteries are paid by the veteran/family. The VA provides a grave marker for most veterans at no cost.  VA Application 40-1330 can be completed at the funeral home or the Veteran Services Agency office. 

"Eligible Veteran":  The veteran must have served in armed forces of the U.S. or National Guard, received no less than a “general” discharge and been a resident of Ulster County. Veterans with less than two (2) years active service must have their bronze marker paid for by the family/informant.

Bronze grave markers are provided by the VA at no cost for most veterans. Other federal burial benefits are available to veterans meeting certain VA eligibility criteria. Contact UCVSA for more information.

Military Honors:  Funeral directors are normally familiar with and best suited to make these arrangements.  Honor guards are normally provided by area Veteran Service Posts.  Active duty honor guards can be requested but are subject to availability and location restrictions.

Ulster County Veterans' Cemetery:  New Paltz Rural Cemetery Association (NPRC) performs routine cemetery operations, maintenance and care of the grounds. Improvements and repairs are overseen by the UCVSA with guidance from a volunteer advisory committee. NPRC) Located at 81 Plains Road New Paltz, NY, on the grounds of the New Paltz Rural Cemetery (NPRC)  Eligible veterans and optionally, a spouse may be buried there, if the remains of both spouses are cremated.

In keeping with the rules observed in most Veteran cemeteries, only natural flowers are allowed to be left (not planted) at a grave, and will be removed prior to wilting (approx. one week)

For more information about this and other County programs, contact the Ulster County Service Center (845) 443-8888 or


Updated 9/2/2022 4:30 PM