Presidential Memorial Certificate Program

Started in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, the Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) program offers an engraved paper certificate signed by the current President to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.


How Does the Program Work?

The VA oversees the PMC program. The benefit may only be requested by a family member or loved one of a deceased veteran honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. Those who have lost a loved one that served in the National Guard or in the reserves may also qualify.

More than one certificate can be provided to any next-of-kin or loved ones who wish to participate in the program. Applicants acting on behalf of eligible service members may apply for a PMC in person at any regional VA office, by mail or by toll-free fax. Email requests for a PMC cannot be honored.

Anyone who wishes to request a PMC may go online to make the request or apply by mail.


To learn more about the application process visit the National Cemetery Administration on the VA's website.

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