What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?

The Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of a deceased veteran. The PMC program was initiated by President John F. Kennedy and is administered through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA prepares the certificates which bear the President’s signature “expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the Veteran’s service in the United States Armed Forces.” 

You are eligible to receive the certificate if you are the next of kin or a loved one of the deceased veteran. More than one certificate can be requested by an eligible recipient, or someone acting on their behalf.

To request a PMC, you can apply:

  • In person at a VA regional office
  • Via U.S. Mail
  • By toll-free fax

Complete VA Form 40-0247 and then submit it for processing along with copies of the veteran’s discharge papers and death certificate. Allow up to eight weeks for processing.