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BURIAL BENEFITS

BURIAL BENEFITS

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BURIAL BENEFITS

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  1. BURIAL BENEFITS BEN RAMIREZ TVC-WACO, RO

  2. ISSUES • BURIAL CLAIMS SC/NSC • NATIONAL CEMETERY • STATE CEMETERY • TRANSPORTATION EXPENSE • HEADSTONE OR MARKER

  3. (ISSUES CONTINUED) • BURIAL FLAG • PRESIDENTIAL MEMORIAL CERTIFICATE • UNCLAIMED INDIGENT VETERANS • FORMS AND POINT OF CONTACTS

  4. ELIGIBILITY • DIED DURING PERIOD DEEMED TO BE: • ACTIVE MILITARY, NAVAL OR AIR SERVICE • TERMINATED BY DISCHARGE OR REFRAD • OTHER THAN DISHONORABLE

  5. DEATH/BURIAL ALLOWANCE • VA RATE TABLE • NOT TO EXCEED $ AMT SPECIFIED • DIFFERENCE FILIPINO/SAMOAN VET (38 CFR, PARA 3.40) • DATE OF DEATH • PAID TOWARDS FUNERAL & BURIAL • TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES

  6. NSC DEATH • NOT TO EXCEED AMT SPECIFIED • DIFFERENCE FILIPINO/SAMOAN VET • DATE OF DEATH • TRANSPORTATION TO BURIAL SITE

  7. EFFECTING ENTITLEMENTS • WAS IN RECEIPT PEN/COMP • MILITARY RETIREE PAY IN LIEU SC • CLAIM PNDG ORIG/ROSC • FAVORABLE EVIDENCE ON RCD • ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE REQUIRED? WITHIN 1 YEAR

  8. OTHER CONDITIONS AFFECTING • HELD BY STATE, NO NOK, NO $ FOR FUNERAL/BURIAL: VA CAN DECIDE • HOSPITALIZED BY VA • VA HOSPITAL, VA NH, DOMICILLIARY,

  9. OTHER CONDITIONS EFFECTING (CONT) • TRANSFER TO VA NH @VA EXPENSE • ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATION EXPENSE • BURDEN OF PROOF REST WITH CLAIMANT!

  10. NOT ELGIBILE • DISCHARGED/REJECTED DRAFTEE OR SELECTEE • SOME NG WHO DID NOT ANSWER TO ACTIVATATION • LIST IN 38 CFR, PARA 3.1600

  11. PLOT OR INTERMENT ALLOWANCE • INCURRED EXPENSES NOT EXCEEDING AMT ALLOWABLE. (HANDOUT) • DATE RATE CHANGED

  12. CLAIM ON + DEC 16, 2003 • ELIGIBLE FOR BURIAL IN NATIONAL CEM • NOT BURIED IN NATIONAL CEMETERY

  13. CLAIM PRIOR TO DEC 16, 2003 • ELIGIBILE, BUT NOT BURIED IN NAT CEM • WARTIME PERIOD SERVICE • MET CRITERIA FOR STATE VETERANS’ CEMETERY, OR • DISCHARGE CRITERIA • DISABILITY LOD

  14. TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES IN NATIONAL CEMETERY • DEATH FM SC DISABILITY OR IN RECEIPT • SC COMP, OR • MILITARY RET PAY IN LIEU OF COMP

  15. ADDITIONAL PAYMENT TO BURIAL ALLOWANCE IF SC DEATH • FOR TRANSPORTATION TO NATIONAL CEMETERY • NOT TO EXCEED COST IN MOVING BODY FM PLACE OF DEATH TO NATIONAL CEM NEAREST LAST PLACE OF RESIDENCE IN WHICH BURIAL SPACE IS AVAILABLE

  16. TIME LIMIT FOR REIMBURSEMENT OR DIRECT PMT CLAIM • BURIAL/FUNERAL, PLOT ALLOWANCE: • WITHIN 2 YEARS AFTER PERMANENT BURIAL OR CREMATION OF BODY • DISCHARGE ELIGIBILITY UPGRADE: 2 YEARS FM DISCHARGE CORRECTION

  17. CLAIM SUBMISSION:FUNERAL DIRECTOR • ENTIRE/BAL BILL UNPAID, OR • UNPAID BAL LESS THAN ALLOWANCE • ONLY UNPAID AMOUNT

  18. CLAIM SUBMISSION:INDIVIDUAL • PERSONAL FUNDS USED TO PAY FOR BURIAL, FUNERAL, TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES

  19. CLAIM SUBMISSION:VETERAN’S ESTATE • EXECUTOR OR ADMINISTRATOR BEARING EXPENSES

  20. CLAIM SUBMISSION:TWO + PERSONS • ALLOWANCE DEVIDED • PROPORTIONATE SHARE PD BY EACH • UNLESS WAIVER EXECUTED IN FAVOR OF ONE OR PERSONS INVOLVED • EXPENDED FUNDS • NOT ALLOWED SUM GREATER THAN PD

  21. UNCLAIMED BODIES • NOT TO EXCEED ALLOWABLE RATE • DISINTERMENT/REBURIAL IF ORIGINALLY HAD PAUPER BURIAL • NOT FOR INITIAL EXPENSES IN PAUPER BURIAL • BURIAL IN PRISON NOT CONSIDERED PAUPER BURIAL

  22. ACTIVE SERVICE DEATH • PAID BY SERVICE DEPARTMENT • POC: CASUALTY ASSISTANCE OFFICER

  23. BURIAL FLAG • DRAPE CASKET • ACCOMPANY URN • DECEASED VETERAN W/HONORABLE U.S. ARMED FORCES SERVICE

  24. PURPOSE • HONOR MEMORY • VA FURNISH FOR MEMORIALIZATION

  25. WHO QUALIFIES? • OTHER THAN DISHONORABLE • WARTIME SERVICE, OR • DIED ON AD AFTER 05-27-41 • SERVED ON AD AFTER 01-31-55 • PEACETIME DIS/REFAD AFTER 01-31-55 • CERT FILIPINOS IN US FORCES DIED AFTER 04-25-51

  26. GENERALLY • NOK, KEEPSAKE • IF NO NOK, DONATE • OBTAINED AT RO/PO • ONE FLAG ISSUED • REIMBURSEMENT FOR FLAG PURCHASE

  27. NONALLOWABLE EXPENSES • ASSESSORY ITEMS: FOOD AND DRINK • DUPLICATE ITEMS: CASKET, CLOTHING PREVIOUSLY PAID BY FED

  28. HEADSTONE OR MARKER • CEMETERY DIRECTOR • MONETARY ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF GVMT PROVIDED HEADSTONE/MARKER • SAME CRITERIA FOR BURIAL ALLOWANCE WITH STIPULATIONS: • FOR CEMETERY OTHER THAN NATIONAL

  29. STIPULATIONS (CONT) • BURIED ON OR AFTER 10-18-78 • ITEM PURCHASED TO MARK UNMARKED GRAVE BEFORE 12-18-89 & • ID INFO ADDED TO EXISTING ITEM • NO TIME LIMIT FOR CLAIM FOR $ IN LIEU OF GVMT HEADSTONE

  30. MONETARY NOT PAID • GVMT ITEM ALREADY REQUESTED/ISSUED • DEATH ON OR AFTER 11-01-90

  31. PRESIDENTIAL MEMORIAL CERTIFICATE • HONOR MEMORY HONORABLY DISCHARGED DECEASED VETERANS • INITIATED 03-1962 PRES KENNEDY • NOK & LOVED ONES • ONE+ • ELIGIBLE RECEIPIENTS/IN THEIR BEHALF • RO/MAIL/TOLL-FREE FAX#/REAPPLY 8 WKS • VA FORM 40-0247

  32. PRE-REGISTRATION FORM • TSVC FORM 2-1 • STATE CEMETERY KILLEEN/MISSION • TX VETERANS LAND BOARD • POC’S LISTED • SUBMIT WITH DOCUMENTATION

  33. TEXAS CEMETERY POC’S • LISTED IN YOUR HANDOUTS

  34. HELPFUL HINTS • DON’T PROMISE • CLAIM’S APPROVAL • WHEN • EXACT $ AMOUNT • PERSONAL FEELINGS • (HOLDS TRUTH IN ALL CLAIMS)

  35. SUMMARY • QUESTIONS??????? • THANK YOU!