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64.202 Procurement of Headstones and Markers and/or Presidential Memorial Certificates
NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
National Cemeteries Act of 1973; 38 U.S.C. 2306, 2403 and 2404(a)(b)(c); Veterans' Disability Compensation and Survivors' Benefits Act of 1978, Section 303(b); Public Laws 93-43, 95-479, 95-476, and 102-547; 38 U.S.C. 313(a), 38 U.S.C. 112.
To provide headstones and markers to memorialize veterans, 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 their eligible dependents, in national, post and State veterans cemeteries and, upon receipt of application, for the memorialization of eligible veterans only in private cemeteries. Memorialization commemorates any veteran whose remains have not been recovered or identified, were buried at sea, donated to science, or cremated and scattered without interment. To provide Presidential Memorial Certificates to honor the memory of honorably discharged, deceased veterans.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
For deaths occurring before December 27, 2001, government-furnished headstones and markers may be provided only for the unmarked graves of eligible veterans. For those that die on or after December 27, 2001, government-furnished headstones and markers are provided for the grave of eligible veterans regardless if the grave is already marked with a privately purchased headstone. Benefits include: procurement of Government headstones and markers; authorized inscription; costs of shipment to destination; installation and maintenance costs in national, State and post cemeteries; and, replacements when headstones and markers are severely damaged, when inscriptions are incorrect, or when inscriptions have become illegible. All government-furnished memorial headstones or markers must be placed in a cemetery.
Applicant Eligibility: When burial or memorialization is in a private cemetery, the applicant is normally the next of kin. In the absence of relatives, the applicant need not be a member of the deceased's family. The applicant's signature on VA Form 40-1330, "Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker for Installation in a Private or State Veterans Cemetery," certifies all information on the application is correct, and the type of headstone or marker requested is permitted by the cemetery on the grave of the veteran, or for memorialization in an appropriate are of the cemetery. If a burial or memorialization plot is in a national cemetery or State veterans cemetery, the Cemetery Director orders the headstone or marker, after completion of the interment in the cemetery, or upon need for replacement.
Pre-application Coordination: If the headstone or marker is to be placed in a nonfederal cemetery, the approval of the cemetery operator must be secured. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Not applicable.
Account Identification: 36-0155-0-1-701 (Benefits); 36-0129-0-1-705 (Salaries and Expenses).
In fiscal year 2001, 327,484 applications were processed for standard government headstones and markers. It is estimated that the total applications processed will be 347,300 in fiscal year 2002, and 349,400 in fiscal year 2003. Procurement of headstones or markers in fiscal year 2001 was 304,296, and estimates are 334,600 in fiscal year 2002, and 333,700 in fiscal year 2003. In fiscal year 2001, 327,561 Presidential Memorial Certificates were issued. It is estimated that 341,200 will be issued in fiscal year 2002, and 335,700 in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
"Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker" (VA Form 40-1330), contains instructions for completing the form, and illustrations of the types of headstones and markers. It is available at Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Offices at no charge. Presidential Memorial Certificates may be requested through Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Offices and national cemeteries.
Regional or Local Office: Memorial Programs Service Processing Sites: MPS Processing Sites are located at: Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery, 395 Biddle Boulevard, Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027-2307. Toll-free telephone: 1-888-460-9709. Fax: (913) 758-1839. Nashville National Cemetery, 1420 Gallatin Road South, Madison, TN 37115-4619. Toll-free telephone: 1-888-367-1330. Fax: (615) 736-2840. Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Avenue, Building #27, Lebanon, PA 17042. Toll-free telephone: 1-888-574-9107. Fax: (717) 270-9428.
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