(a) As a national military cemetery, eligibility standards for interment, inurnment,
or memorialization are based on honorable military service. Exceptions to the eligibility standards for new graves are rarely granted. When granted, exceptions are for those persons who have made significant contributions
that directly and substantially benefited the U.S. military.
(b) Requests for an exception to the interment or inurnment eligibility policies shall
be considered only after the individual's death.
(c) Requests for an exception to the interment or inurnment eligibility policies shall
be submitted to the Executive Director and shall include any documents required by
the Executive Director.
(d) The primary next of kin is responsible for providing and certifying the authenticity
of all documents and swearing to the accuracy of the accounting provided to support
the request for exception to the interment or inurnment eligibility policies.
(e) Disapproved requests will be reconsidered only when the personal representative or
next of kin submits new and substantive information not previously considered by the
Secretary of the Army. Requests for reconsideration shall be submitted directly to the Executive Director. Requests for reconsideration not supported by new and substantive information will
be denied by the Executive Director after review and advice from the Army General
Counsel or his or her designee. The Executive Director shall notify the personal representative or next of kin of
the decision of the reconsideration. The decision by the Secretary of the Army or the Executive Director, as the case
may be, is final and not appealable.
(f) Under no circumstances, will exceptions to policies be considered or granted for
those individuals prohibited from interment by virtue of § 553.20 or § 553.21.
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