The funeral home will contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office on your behalf to make burial arrangements for Veterans and/or their eligible dependents.
The funeral home will fax all available military discharge documents to the scheduling office and follow up with a call. If military discharge documents are not available, scheduling office representatives will assist the funeral home or next-of-kin with the verification process. The process may requires 48 hours or more to determine eligibility for burial in a national cemetery.
The scheduling office will be open seven (7) days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Central time, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The funeral home will contact the cemetery directly to:
- Schedule active duty interments
- Schedule memorial services without interment
- Cancel or reschedule interments
- Change information initially provided to the scheduling office
- Request disinterment or relocation of remains
Burial benefits provided by the national Cemetery Administration, at no cost to the Veteran, include: burial plot; opening and closing of the gravesite; a government liner; headstone or marker with inscription; interment flag, perpetual are of the gravesite; and a Presidential Memorial Certificate. Funeral director’s services are not covered.
Gravesites are assigned by the cemetery and cannot be selected in advance. Assignments are made without regard to rank, ethnic or religious background, branch of service or other factors.
The veteran and spouse are interred in the same grave. If both were Veterans, they may choose to be buried side-by-side in separate graves.
Military honors are provided by the Department of Defense and are to be arranged by the funeral director. If there is no funeral director, cemetery staff will assist the family in arranging for military honors.
Burials and interments are scheduled between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except designated holidays. Great Lakes National Cemetery has the following burial site options:
- Casket: in-ground only
- Cremation: in ground only
- Cremation: above-ground columbarium
- This cemetery has a scattering garden. Families with no remains to inter, due to scattering, burial at sea, or for others reasons may order a memorial marker.