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CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Cemeteries Act of 1973; Public Laws 93- 43, 101-508, 102-86, 102-568,
103-240, and 103-446; 38 U.S.C. 2306, 2402, 2403 2404, and 5303A.
provide burial space and perpetual care for veterans and members
of the Armed Forces of the United States whose service terminated
other than dishonorably, Reservists and National Guard members having
20 years qualifying service for the purpose of receiving retired
pay and certain eligible dependents.
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
or memorialization in a national cemetery is for eligible veterans;
members of the Armed Forces of the United States; all persons, including
Reservists and National Guard members with 20 years of qualifying
service, who are entitled to retired pay or would be entitled, if
at least 60 years of age, under Chapter 67, title 10, United States
Code; and dependents meeting eligibility requirements.
Eligibility: Applicant may be the next of kin,
a friend of the decedent or a public assistance officer.
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: Eligible Veterans, members of
the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force,
Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) who die on active duty; members
of the Reserve or the Army and Air National Guard who die while
performing active duty for training; all persons including Reservists
and National Guard members having 20 years of qualifying service
for the purpose of receiving retired pay or are eligible for retired
pay but are under 60 years of age; the spouse of an eligible veteran
member of the Armed forces or individual receiving retired pay
(including a 20-year Reservist or National Guard member); the
spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States lost
or buried at sea or officially determined to be permanently absent
in a status of missing or missing in action; minor children and
certain unmarried adult children of an eligible veteran or member
of the Armed forces, or individual receiving retired pay (including
a 20-year Reservist and National Guard member) are eligible for
interment. Enlisted personnel who entered military duty after
September 7, 1980, and officers commissioned after October 16,
1981, must have served a minimum of 24 months or the full period
for which called or ordered to active duty to be eligible for
interment. Citizens of the United States who served in the Armed
Forces of any government allied with the United States during
any war, who were citizens of the U.S. at time of entry and are
citizens of the U.S. at time of death; Certain Commissioned Officers
of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration are also eligible. Groups determined to have active
duty service are eligible for all VA benefits under the provisions
of Section 401, Public Law 95-202. Reservists who are activated
under Presidential Order under title 10, may also be eligible.
Present documentation of qualifying military service to Cemetery
staff at the time the request for interment is made. National
Cemetery Administration personnel will assist in verifying entitlement
if documentation is not available. In addition, for a memorial
headstone or marker, an affidavit attesting to the disposition
of the remains is required.
Coordination: This program is eligible for coverage
under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."
An applicant should consult the office or official designated as
the single point of contact in his or her State for more information
on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for
assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Procedure: The person in charge of funeral
arrangements (next of kin or funeral director) should communicate
with the staff of the national cemetery in which interment or
memorialization is desired, and furnish the name and official
documentation of military service of the veteran on whose service
the burial is predicated. If documentation is not available, as
much of the following data as is available should be provided:
Branch of service; rank; service number; social security number;
VA claim number; date and place of entry into and separation from
last period of active service; date and place of birth; and, date
of death. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular
No. A-110. Application for a memorial headstone or marker must
be submitted on VA Form 40-1330, "Application for Standard Government
Headstone or Marker for Installation in a Private or State Veterans'
Procedure: Scheduling of a time and date for
a committal service in a national cemetery will be made by the
Cemetery staff upon verification of eligibility.
of Approval/Disapproval Time: Not applicable.
and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Not applicable.
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 01 $105,497,000; FY 02 est $117,781,000;
and FY 03 est $134,337,000.
and Average of Financial Assistance: Not applicable.
Interments in fiscal year 2001 totaled 84,822. Estimate of interments
for fiscal year 2002 is 87,000, and for fiscal year 2003, 90,500.
By the end of fiscal year 2002, there will be 120 operating national
cemeteries under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans
Affairs. Of this number, 61 have space available for casketed and
cremated remains; 24 have space available for the casketed interment
of eligible family members of those already interred at the cemetery,
and for cremated remains; and 35 have space available only for the
interment of eligible family members of those already interred.
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
The following brochures are available at the Washington Office and
other VA offices at no charge: "Interments in VA National Cemeteries"
(NCA IS-1) and "National Cemetery Administration" (NCA-IS-2). Gravesite
locator maps, and informational leaflets are available for many
of the national cemeteries.
or Local Office:
See Regional Agency Offices. Memorial Service Network Offices are located at: 5000 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144; 1700 Clairmont Road, 4th Floor, Decatur, GA 30033-4032; P.O. Box 25126, Denver, CO 80225; 575 North Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204; 1301 Clay St., 1230 North, Oakland, CA 94612-5209. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for contacts and telephone numbers of Memorial Service Network Offices in the National Cemetery Administration under Department of Veterans Affairs.
Patrick Hallinan 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Phone: 202-461-6248
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