Program DescriptionA Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the official signature of the current President of the United States, to honor the memory of deceased honorably discharged Veterans.
General Program RequirementsThis benefit may not be requested for a living Veteran.
Any family member or loved one of a deceased Veteran honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces is eligible for a PMC.
Certain National Guard and reserve members may also qualify.
Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considered to be active duty members and Veterans, once discharged.
Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged Veterans. More than one certificate may be provided.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessWhen requesting a PMC, please use our official application form (VA Form 40-0247) available at http://www.cem.va.gov. If you are unable to download the form you may send a simple written request that includes the name of the deceased Veteran, a copy of the military discharge document (normally DD-214); the name, mailing address and telephone number of the requester; and the number of copies requested.
The completed application or request may be faxed or mailed to the following:
Toll Free Fax Number:
Memorial Programs Service (41B)
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903
To request additional copies of a PMC that has already been sent, or to request a correction to the PMC that was already sent, please fill in and sign the yellow form that was included with the certificate and return it to our office via fax or U.S. Mail.
Program Contact Information
If you have questions:
- Visit https://iris.custhelp.com/ to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
- Call 1-800-827-1000
- Call 1-800-829-4833, if you are hearing impaired