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Arlington National Cemetery: Ensuring Dignified Burials

Posted: June 1, 2015

NFDA has received information regarding a few recent incidents in which there were serious issues with caskets presented for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Specifically, there have been isolated instances where the casket was leaking bodily fluids and strong odors were present. This could pose a hazard to the military honors teams and cemetery employees, and most importantly, is not consistent with the excellent service that defines our profession. It is understood that due to the volume of requests for burials at Arlington there can sometimes be a time lapse between the death and burial. Should you have any concerns regarding the preservation of a decedent being transported to Arlington, whether embalmed or unembalmed, please take measures to contain bodily fluids – such as by using a disaster pouch – prior to delivery to Arlington.

Unclaimed Veteran Remains: Casket or Urn Reimbursement Program

Posted: May 15, 2015

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program to reimburse the cost of a casket or urn used to inter an eligible unclaimed veteran in a VA National Cemetery is now in effect. The program allows for reimbursement to any individual or entity that purchased a casket or urn for a veteran who died on or after January 10, 2014; there are standards for the type of casket or urn eligible for reimbursement.

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VA Announces Final Rule on Reimbursement of Casket and Urn Costs for Indigent Veterans Being Interred in a VA Cemetery

T. Scott Gilligan, NFDA General Counsel

Posted: April 17, 2015

On April 13, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the Final Rule on reimbursement of caskets and urns used for the interment or inurnment of the remains of indigent veterans in VA cemeteries. To qualify for reimbursement, the following criteria must be met:

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News From the VA: New Form For Headstone and Marker Benefit

Posted: January 14, 2015

The Dignified Burial and Other Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify that the veteran for whom a government headstone or marker is intended has not committed a capital offense or certain sex crimes. In February 2014, VA Form 40-1330, Claim for Standard Government Headstones and Markers, was revised to ensure compliance by including the necessary certification statements.

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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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