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Veterans

VA Memorial & Burial Benefits - Help Ensure Unclaimed Veterans Receive a Proper Burial

Posted: December 15, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs your help ensuring unclaimed veterans receive a proper burial. "Unclaimed veterans" are defined as those who die with no next of kin to claim their remains and insufficient funds to cover burial expenses. A VA pension or other compensation is no longer a prerequisite for unclaimed veterans to receive burial benefits.

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Get VA Benefit Updates By Email

Posted: October 8, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration recently began sending electronic updates regarding important memorial benefits for veterans through GovDelivery, an electronic e-mail distribution system.

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VA Issues Final Rule on Funeral and Burial Benefits

Posted: July 7, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) amended its regulations governing entitlement to monetary burial benefits, which include burial allowances for service-connected and non-service-connected deaths, a plot or interment allowance, and reimbursement of transportation expenses.

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VA Provides Guidance to Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking Benefits

Posted: July 7, 2014

After close consultation with the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing guidance to same-sex married couples on the benefits and services to which they are entitled under current laws and regulations, including funeral and burial-related benefits.

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From the VA: New Applications for Veterans' Headstones and Markers

Posted: June 18, 2014

The Dignified Burial and Other Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012, which was enacted in January 2013, prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from providing interment or memorialization benefits to Tier III sex offenders who were sentenced to a minimum of life imprisonment and whose convictions are final. It also prohibits the VA from providing interment or memorialization benefits to individuals who committed a state or federal capital crime. In order for the VA to appropriately administer the requirements of this law, they have revised the application forms for headstones, markers, medallions and presidential memorial certificates (PMC).

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