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Veterans

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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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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