Medallions are for the veterans who died after 1990 and are buried in a private cemetery with a family headstone.
VA recently introduced a headstone medallion for veterans of the armed forces who’ve opted for private headstones and markers.
“[Some]thing we have that is new are medallions for the veterans who died after 1990 and are buried in a private cemetery with a family headstone,” explains Steve Muro, acting undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Memorial Affairs. “We started it July 1 and have already shipped 164 of them.”
This was as of July 29, 2010.
VA gives requesting families the medallions instead of headstones or markers. They come in three sizes: 5, 3, and 1.5 inches wide. The medallions have the image of a folded American flag, along with the inscription “veteran” at their tops and branches of service at the bottoms. They’re sent with kits for cemeteries’ staff to affix them to headstones, grave markers, mausoleums, or columbarium niche covers.
For more information and ordering instructions, visit www.cem.va.gov/hm_hm.asp.