Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Free interment and perpetual care, in the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, is available to veteran residents of New Jersey, their spouses and dependant children. The Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located at 14 Chesftield Arneytown RD , Wrightstown, NJ 08562. 609-738-2400 .
Applicant to be interred must be a legal resident of the state of New Jersey at the time of death or have lived at least 50% of his or her life within the state. New Jersey residents who are eligible must be one of the following:
~ Service members who died while on active duty.
~ Veterans whose last active service ended under other than dishonorable or undesirable conditions.
~ Members of any reserve component of the Armed Forces (Army National Guard, Air National Guard or the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Army, Navy and Air Force) who died under honorable conditions while on active duty for training or performing full-time service.
~ Members of a reserve component who has attained 20 years of service creditable for retired pay.
~ Certain World War II Merchant Marines and those who have attained veteran status.
~ The spouse, widow, or dependent child of any eligible New Jersey veteran. Eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 21 or be an unmarried adult child who became incapable of self support before reaching the age of 21 because of mental or physical impairment.
The BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a state- operated cemetery dedicated to veterans, is located on 225 acres in a picturesque setting of partially wooded land in Arneytown, North Hanover Township, Burlington County. The cemetery features a modern, nondenominational chapel/administration building. The cemetery will accommodate 215,000 veterans and eligible family members. Areas are provided for the interment of those cremated and for those veterans whose remains have never been recovered.
Burial entitlements include a plot, grave liner, interment service, use of the chapel, and maintenance in perpetuity, all at no charge to the veteran or veteran's family.
The U.S. bronze grave marker is provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The state provides the granite base.
Requests for burial may be made at the time of death through any funeral director. The family may make requests for interment of cremated remains directly to the cemetery-office.
Veterans are encouraged to pre-register their
intent to be interred at the cemetery.
Pre-registration may be done at any state Veterans Service Office listed in Appendix A or at the cemetery itself.
Federal VA Benefits
All federal death-related veterans benefits must be applied for after the death of a veteran. You may not pre-register or file requests in advance.
Eligibility for VA burial, death and related benefits - To confirm your eligibility, call a Veteran's Benefits Counselor at 1-800-827-1000.
~ Members of the Armed Forces of the United States
(Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard)
who died on active duty.
~ Veterans who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Generally, an enlisted person with service beginning after September 7, 1980, and an officer with service after October 16, 1981, must have served for a minimum of 24 months or the full period for which the person was called to active duty. A VA Regional Office will make determination in the case of an undesirable, bad conduct, or other than honorable discharge.
~ Any citizen of the United States who served during any war, in which the United States has been engaged, in the armed forces of an ally of the U.S. The last active service must be terminated honorably. The person must have been a U.S. citizen at the time of entry into such service and at the time of death.
~ Reservists and National Guard members with 20 years of qualifying service, who are entitled to retired pay or would be entitled, if at least 60 years of age.
~ Members of reserve components who were disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty during a period of inactive duty training or active duty for training.
~ For members of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service, and World War II Merchant Mariners, please call a Veteran's Benefits Counselor at 1-800-827-1000 for details.
~ The spouse or surviving spouse of an eligible person, even if that person is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery, is eligible for interment in a national cemetery. In addition, the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States lost or buried at sea or officially determined to be permanently absent in a status of missing or missing in action or whose remains have been donated to science or cremated and the ashes scattered.
~ Eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 21; unmarried and under 23 years of age and pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution; or be an unmarried adult child who became incapable of self support before reaching the age of 21 because of mental or physical disability.
Persons NOT Eligible for Burial in a VA National Cemetery and other VA death related benefits:
~ Discharge from Draft - A person who was ordered to
report to an induction station, but was not actually
inducted into military service.
~ Subversive Activities - Any person convicted of subversive activities after September 1, 1959, shall have no right from and after the date of commission of such offense, based on periods of active military service commencing before the date of the commission of such offense.
~ Active or Inactive Duty for Training - A person whose only service is active duty for training or inactive duty training in the National Guard or Reserve Component, unless the individual meets the eligibility criteria listed above.
~ A person convicted of any Federal Capital crime or any State capital crime involving the death of one or more people is denied burial or memorialization in a national cemetery. (Public Law 105-116, Nov. 1, 1997)