Unlike Veteran's cemeteries under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is under the jurisdiction and supervision of the Department of the Army. Burial at ANC is highly restricted and complex in timing, often resulting in a 9 - 12 month wait period. The following statements are culled from the ANC website, which is accessible by clicking on the image to the right. The selected statements are provided here to assist families in understanding the complexities of details and scheduling that are associated with a burial at ANC.
"The Army National Military Cemeteries, consisting of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia and Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., are under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army. The Secretary of theArmy consolidated authorities and created the Executive Director position to effectively and efficiently develop, operate, manage and administerthe program.
"The process to schedule a burial at Arlington National Cemetery can be complex and we handle each family's request individually with the utmost care and professionalism. Each request is unique and the length of time it takes for scheduling is typically several weeks to several months and depends on many factors, including the family's ability to provide all documents to verify eligibility, any special requests, requests for military funeral honors with escort (which can take longer to schedule than military funeral honors because of additional military resources such as escorts and the caisson), requests for the chapel located on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, etc.
The funeral directors at Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services are well versed in the intricacies involved in working with ANC on behalf of the family. We will be pleased to assist you throughout the process.