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VA Providing Headstone Medallions

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  • charlesparnold
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2010
      > From: VA Media Relations [mailto:va.media.relations@...]
      > Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:22 AM
      > To: VANEWS-L@...
      > Subject: VA Medallions Available for Headstones
      > Recent VA News Releases
      > To view and download VA news release, please visit the following Internet
      > address:
      > http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel
      > Veterans' Medallion Available for Order
      > New Option for Marking Veterans' Graves in Private Cemeteries
      > WASHINGTON (June 29, 2010) - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki
      > announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering
      > bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or
      > markers, signifying a deceased's status as a Veteran.
      > "For Veterans not buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery, or those
      > without a government grave marker, VA is pleased to offer this option that
      > highlights their service and sacrifices for our country," said Secretary
      > Shinseki.
      > The new item can be furnished instead of a traditional government headstone
      > or marker for Veterans whose death occurred on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and
      > whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased
      > headstone or marker.
      > Under federal law, eligible Veterans buried in a private cemetery are
      > entitled to either a government-furnished grave marker or the new medallion,
      > but not both. Veterans buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery will
      > receive a government headstone or marker of the standard design authorized
      > at that cemetery.
      > The medallion is available in three sizes: 5 inches, 3 inches and 1 ½ inches
      > in width. Each bronze medallion features the image of a folded burial flag
      > adorned with laurels and is inscribed with the word "Veteran" at the top and
      > the branch of service at the bottom.
      > Next of kin will receive the medallion, along with a kit that will allow the
      > family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the medallion to a
      > headstone, grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover.
      > More information about VA-furnished headstones, markers and medallions can
      > be found at http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hm/hmtype.asp.
      > VA is currently developing an application form for ordering the medallion.
      > Until it is available, applicants may use the form for ordering government
      > headstones and markers, VA Form 40-1330. Instructions on how to apply for a
      > medallion are found on the VA Web site at www.cem.va.gov/hm_hm.asp.
      > Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than dishonorable,
      > their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national
      > cemetery. Other burial benefits available for all eligible Veterans,
      > regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private
      > cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a
      > government headstone or grave marker.
      > The new medallions will be available only to Veterans buried in private
      > cemeteries without a government headstone or marker. Families of eligible
      > decedents may also order a memorial headstone or marker when remains are not
      > available for interment.
      > VA operates 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico and 33
      > soldiers' lots and monument sites. More than 3 million Americans, including
      > Veterans of every war and conflict -- from the Revolutionary War to the
      > current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are buried in VA's national
      > cemeteries on more than 19,000 acres.
      > Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery
      > offices, from the VA Web site on the Internet at www.cem.va.gov or by
      > calling VA regional offices toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.
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