The Washington County Veterans Affairs Office is responsible for compiling and maintaining a record of the death and burial of all wartime veterans buried in the county. The county maintains these records beginning with veterans who served in the Revolutionary War to the present.
Washington County pays $75, payable to the next of kin, towards the funeral expense of an honorably discharged wartime veteran. The veteran must have been a legal resident of Washington County at the time of death.
In addition, the county pays $75 to the next of kin of the widow of the honorably discharged wartime veteran. The widow must not have remarried after the veteran’s death.
Please note there is a separate form for the veteran and widow. Forms are available below.
Washington County will pay up to $100 for the foundation and installation of the free federally issued headstone or grave marker, or towards military lettering on a private headstone. The difference, if any, is the responsibility of the applicant.
Flag Holder and Emblem Marker
Washington County provides flags and emblem markers for the grave sites of all veterans. Flags and emblem markers are handed out to cemeteries, and American Legion and VFW Posts every spring to be placed on veteran’s graves prior to Memorial Day.
Recording Military Discharge Paperwork
All Military Discharge Paperwork (DD214) will be recorded free of charge by the county’s Recorder of Deeds office, Suite 204, Courthouse Square, 100 West Beau St., Washington, PA 15301. The discharge will be permanently recorded and free certified copies can be obtained at any time with valid picture ID.
The Washington County Veterans Affairs office strongly recommends that every veteran record their military discharge paperwork.