Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC)

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current president, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the Veterans service in the United States Armed Forces.

Eligibility

Deceased retired Service members may be eligible for a Presidential Memorial Certificate if both of these requirements are met.

Both of these must be true:

  • The Veteran or Reservist is eligible for burial in a national cemetery, and

  • You are the next of kin, Family member, or close friend of the Veteran or Reservist (or an authorized service representative for a Family member or friend of the Veteran or Reservist)

Benefit Highlights

Administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, a PMC is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current president, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the Veterans service in the United States Armed Forces. Presidential Memorial Certificate

Eligible recipients include next of kin, a relative or friend upon request, or an authorized service representative acting on behalf of such relative or friend.

Burial in a National Cemetery: A PMC will automatically be presented to a Veteran’s next of kin at the burial.

Burial in a Private Cemetery: Complete the Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form, VA Form 40-0247 and submit along with Veteran’s military discharge document and death certificate to the Department of Veterans Affairs by mail, fax, or visiting a regional office.

Mail: Memorial Products Service
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903
Fax: 800-455-7143

Regional Office Locator

Note: Please do not send original documents they will not be returned.

Request Additional copies: Additional copies may be requested by submitting the Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form, VA Form 40-0247 to the Department of Veterans Affairs by mail, fax, or visiting a regional office.

Mail: Memorial Products Service
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903
Fax: 800-455-7143

Regional Office Locator

Check the Status:

If it has been more than six weeks since you requested a PMC and not received it, call 202-632-7300 to find the status of your request. Please do not send a second application.

Additional Information
Document Review Date: 04 August 2022