Presidential Memorial Certificate

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate signed by the current President to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.


This program was initiated in March 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent Presidents. Statutory authority for the program is Section 112, Title 38, of the United States Code.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the PMC program by preparing the certificates, which bear the current President's signature expressing the country's grateful recognition of the veteran's service in the United States Armed Forces.


Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased veterans. More than one certificate may be provided.


Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a PMC. Please be sure to have available a copy of the veteran's discharge and death certificate to verify eligibility, as the request cannot process any request without proof of honorable military service.

If you would like to apply for a PMC, please stop by our Veterans Service office so that we can graciously serve you.