Service people in the National Guard and military reserves are eligible for burial at the NH State Veterans Cemetery, regardless of active-duty status, with the newly-passed Burial Equity for Guards and Reservist Act.
Prior to the act’s passage, only guard members and reservists on active duty could be buried in the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
National Guard and reservists are also eligible for a free grave space in any national cemetery, as well as spaces for a spouse and dependent children. While not part of the National Cemetery System, the NH State Veterans Cemetery provides free burial space for veterans, and will expand this for National Guard members and reservists.
A spouse and dependent children may also be interred in the cemetery for a fee of $350 as part of veterans benefits. Eligibility is consistent with National Cemetery rules. Interment space cannot be reserved in advance. Veterans may pre-apply to confirm eligibility. The NH State Veterans Cemetery also provides a grave marker and grave liner at no fee.
State cemeteries in Virginia now also include grave space for those serving in the National Guard and reserves.
“Members of the National Guard and Reserve have been there for the people of New Hampshire to be sure that we weathered this pandemic while at the same time aiding in our national defense,” U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire told WMUR.
The NH State Veterans Cemetery receives about 50 requests per year for guard and reserve service members for burial, according to WMUR.
We maintain a full list of veterans’ death benefits and military honors on the Phaneuf website.