County Veterans Benefits

Burial Allowance 

Cumberland County provides a burial allowance of $100.00 to veterans and spouses of deceased veterans who are legal residents of the county at the time of death. Location of burial may be outside the county. Veterans must have served during a period of wartime and possess an honorable discharge. Application must be made within one year of death unless the veteran died while in the service, in this instance application can be made any time after death. Generally, Funeral Home Directors assist with the application at the time funeral arrangements are being made. Contact us for assistance.

Grave Flags and Flag Holders 

Cumberland County provides grave flag holders for graves of deceased veterans who at the time of death are legal residents of Cumberland County and are buried in the county, regardless of where they died. Grave flag holders designate the war/wartime of the veteran’s service. The County decorates each grave with an American Flag in time for Memorial Day. The flags must remain on the graves until the first working day after July 4th.

Headstone Purchase/Emplacement 

Cumberland County provides a $50.00 allowance to assist the veteran’s family with the costs of purchasing or emplacing a government provided or individually procured headstone in a private cemetery. Application must be made within one year of death. Contact our office for assistance.

Marriage and Divorce Records 

Cumberland County issues certified copies of marriage, and divorce records at no cost to disabled wartime veterans or members of the armed forces, of any war or armed conflict in which the United States has been, is now or shall hereafter be engaged, or by or on behalf of any dependent of any such veteran, or member of the armed forces. No cost certified copies are provided to obtain veteran benefits.

Discharge Certificates 

Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds records Discharge Certificates and DD Form 214 Discharge Certificates (issued after 1952) at no cost to the veteran. If recorded with the county,  certified copies may be obtained at no cost when needed. Veterans are encouraged to record their discharge with the Recorder of Deeds to ensure safekeeping and availability when required to receive veterans’ benefits.
Military Burial Honors

Military burial honors are provided at no cost to veterans buried in Cumberland County. Honors include greeting the remains, rendering a rifle salute, flag folding and presentation. Honors are provided by the Cumberland County Honor Guard, an all-volunteer organization. Arrangements for the Honor Guard are coordinated through the Funeral Home Directors. Veterans interested in becoming a member of the Honor Guard should contact our office.