VLM is an online memorial space managed by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). NCA manages 136 national cemeteries as shrine spaces to honor our Nation’s Veterans. VLM was created to extend the memorialization of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in NCA cemeteries to a digitally-accessible environment, by providing a memorial page for each Veteran.
Currently, VLM offers a digital memorial space for Veterans memorialized in NCA cemeteries.
NCA manages most national cemeteries, but not all. If you are looking for a Veteran or servicemember interred at Arlington National Cemetery, please visit https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil If you are looking for a servicemember interred in a cemetery managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission, please visit https://www.abmc.gov
To find information about the final resting place of Veterans interred in Veteran cemeteries managed by the National Park Service, state governments or tribal governments, please visit https://gravelocator.cem.va.gov.
In the future, VLM may include Veterans interred in private cemeteries with headstones provided by VA. This information is currently available at VA’s Nationwide Gravesite Locator at https://gravelocator.cem.va.gov.
At this time, VLM only contains information on Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries. Spouses or other family members who are buried along with the Veteran will not have their own memorial pages. However, future versions of the site may be able to provide memorial pages for family members who are also interred with a Veteran.
In the search window, please type in a last name. Even a partial spelling with at least three letters will yield search results. The search results will be displayed below. (Note: incorrect spellings will not yield the result you seek. If you are unsure of the spelling, try a partial-name search.)
Searches will provide more specific results when you can enter more information, such as exact spellings of names, branch of service, name of cemetery, etc. If you do not know some of those, enter what you know, but please be patient as you sort through the results.
If you have more specific information about your Veteran, please try the Advanced Search. You can click on “add filter” to introduce additional search criteria, such as branch of service, rank, decoration(s), etc.
You can use VLM as a "Member" by logging in with (or creating) a secure ID.me account using the Login button at the top right corner of the VLM menu bar. As a Member, you can submit Tributes and "like" other Tributes without validating your email address each time. For more information on how to use VLM as a Member, check out the VLM Member User Guide.
You can use VLM as a "Visitor" without logging in, but each time you submit a Tribute, you'll be required to validate your email address. As a Visitor, you cannot "like" other Tributes. For more information on how to use VLM as a Visitor, check out the VLM Visitor User Guide.
NCA manages many cemeteries, some that date to the Civil War era. Unfortunately, there may be a mistake in a Veteran’s profile. For historic Veterans, this can be due to manual entry from old records; for Veterans of other periods, this can be due to an error in a form submitted to NCA. Whatever the reason, we want to make it right, and we may need your help.
For some historic Veterans, the profile may be incomplete. Each Veteran’s profile reflects what we do know about the Veteran. For example, it is not uncommon for a Civil War soldier’s profile to have only a last name and year of death. Times were different, and that may have been all that was known.
Not all VLM profile pages feature headstone/marker photos or maps at this time. NCA is still gathering this data from cemeteries for previous interments, and new interment photos and maps will populate only after the headstone/marker is in place.
If you believe that you have found an error, please click here for Customer Support, or call (866) 245-1490. Each case is different, but NCA team members will work to rectify the Veteran’s record if needed. Errors are rare, but our goal is to have none.
NCA’s Veterans Legacy Program (VLP, or “Legacy”) works with schools, universities, non-profit groups, and any organization who wants to share our mission to tell Veterans’ stories. Please visit Legacy’s site, https://www.cem.va.gov/legacy or email VeteransLegacyProgram@va.gov. We are always looking for new partners.
All Veteran information displayed on VLM comes from NCA’s publicly available records. What you see in a Veteran’s profile is the same information on that Veteran’s headstone (name, year of birth, year of passing, branch of service, rank, and decorations). VLM is, in many ways, a digital national cemetery.
VLM is a site designed by VA’s National Cemetery Administration with high security standards; and is stored in a secure, VA-controlled environment
NCA has taken every safeguard to prevent any commercial use of Veteran data, and commercial activity on VLM is prohibited. VLM is for the Veteran community and for those who want to join us in memorializing America’s Veterans.
VLM has several features built into it that NCA may enable over time. If NCA chooses to enable some or all of these functions, we will monitor the site closely in order to maintain the same level of decorum our customers experience at our national cemeteries.