Question: Today is the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Last year I thought I would apply to have my great-great grandfather's faded military marble marker redone. I understand I can apply from the U.S. Government for a new stone?
Answer: You can make an application to the U.S. Government via the Veteran's Agent in the town/city your ancestor is buried in. The rules of the cemetery may cause a flat marker, versus an upright marker in certain sections to be allowed. Though marble is traditional, I have opted for granite upright when it is allowed. You can get the PDF for the form (VA 40-1440) you will need online at: http://www.cem.va.gov/hm_hm.asp