The Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved parchment certificate with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation's grateful recognition of a veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the President.
Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Eligible recipients include next of kin, other relatives and friends. The award of a certificate to one eligible recipient does not preclude certificates to other eligible recipients. The veteran may have died at any time in the past. The local VA regional office generally originates the application for a Presidential Memorial Certificate if a veteran's death is brought to official attention. The next of kin may request a certificate when a service member dies on active duty, or if the veteran was not receiving a VA benefit. Requests should be accompanied by a copy of a document such as a discharge to establish honorable service. VA regional offices can assist in applying for certificates. If you would like to request a Presidential Memorial Certificate, or if you requested one more than eight (8) weeks ago and have not received it yet, VA asks that you either:
Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a Presidentail Memorial Certificate in person at any VA regional office or by U.S. mail or toll-free fax. Requests cannot be sent via email. You should complete the VA Form 40-0247 Application for Presidential Memorial Certificate and enclose a copy of the Veteran's discharge and death certificate to verify eligibility, as the VA cannot process any request without proof of honorable military service. Please submit copies only, as documents will not be returned to you.
1. Fax your request and all supporting documents (copy of discharge and death certificate) to: 800-455-7143, or
2. Mail your request and all supporting documents using either the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial mail service, such as one of the overnight or express mail delivery services, to:
Presidential Memorial Certificates (41B3)
National Cemetery Administration
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903