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Santiago David Rodriguez-Rincon
B: 2013-02-18
D: 2019-02-20
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Rodriguez-Rincon, Santiago David
Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.) Robert Thornton "Bobby T." Ladd
B: 1931-06-26
D: 2019-02-20
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Ladd, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.) Robert Thornton "Bobby T."
Joe Ray
B: 1935-00-00
D: 2019-02-19
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Ray, Joe
George Edward Wall
B: 1926-12-11
D: 2019-02-19
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Wall, George Edward
Randall Clay Plunkett
B: 1956-08-27
D: 2019-02-15
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Plunkett, Randall Clay
William Bryan Hedges
B: 2019-01-05
D: 2019-02-15
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Hedges, William Bryan
Andrea Whitley Luther
B: 1945-07-21
D: 2019-02-14
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Luther, Andrea Whitley
Daniel Stephen Vaughan
B: 2000-03-01
D: 2019-02-14
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Vaughan, Daniel Stephen
Jerry Milton Holcomb
B: 1941-09-17
D: 2019-02-14
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Holcomb, Jerry Milton
Logan Oakley Tomlin
B: 1929-05-04
D: 2019-02-13
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Tomlin, Logan Oakley
Lewis Irwin "Lew" Rashmir
B: 1925-12-27
D: 2019-02-13
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Rashmir, Lewis Irwin "Lew"
Lon Anderson Bouldin
B: 1969-10-15
D: 2019-02-12
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Bouldin, Lon Anderson
Michael Allan Lee
B: 1972-07-24
D: 2019-02-11
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Lee, Michael Allan
Harold Lynn "Hal" Greer, Jr.
B: 1957-04-30
D: 2019-02-10
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Greer, Jr., Harold Lynn "Hal"
Mr. Floyd "Paw" Milton Anderson
B: 1932-08-18
D: 2019-02-09
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Anderson, Mr. Floyd "Paw" Milton
Melvin Roger Hayes
B: 1943-10-01
D: 2019-02-08
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Hayes, Melvin Roger
Mary Earline Sparkman
B: 1928-05-21
D: 2019-02-08
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Sparkman, Mary Earline
James Patrick "Jim" Cochran
D: 2019-02-07
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Cochran, James Patrick "Jim"
William "Bill" Collins
B: 1948-02-29
D: 2019-02-07
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Collins, William "Bill"
Jerry Wayne Wise Sr.
B: 1953-00-00
D: 2019-02-06
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Wise Sr., Jerry Wayne
John Spence Drueke
B: 1941-08-09
D: 2019-02-06
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Drueke, John Spence

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Veterans Administration

VETERAN’S BURIAL ALLOWANCE


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes a partial reimbursement of eligible veteran’s burial and funeral costs.  When the cause of death is not service-related, the reimbursement is generally described as two payments.  (1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot interment allowance.  You may be entitled to a VA burial allowance if:
•    You paid for a veteran’s burial or funeral AND
•    You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased veteran’s employer AND
•    The veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
•    The veteran died because of service-related disability OR
•    The veteran was getting VA pension or compensation at the time of death OR
•    The veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay OR
•    The veteran died in a VA hospital or while in a nursing home under VA contract.
Service related death.  The VA will pay an allowance toward burial expenses.
Non-service related death.  The VA will pay an allowance toward burial and funeral expenses and a plot interment allowance.  If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under contracted nursing care, the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.

HEADSTONES AND MARKERS

•    The VA furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker to mark the unmarked grave of an eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.
•    Flat bronze, granite or marble marker and upright granite and marble headstones are available.  The style chose must be consistent with existing markers or monuments at the place of burial.
•    Niche markers are also available to mark columbarium used for inurnment of cremated remains.

BURIAL FLAGS

Most veterans are eligible for a burial flag.  Reservists entitled to retired pay are also eligible to receive a burial flag.

To facilitate receiving veterans benefits for which you may be eligible, you will need the following when you contact the Veterans Administration Office:
•    Proof of the veteran’s military service (DD 214)
•    Service Serial Number
•    Marriage License (if applicable)
•    Children’s Birth Certificate( if applicable)
•    Certified copy of the death certificate.

Veterans Administration Toll-Free Phone Number is:  1-800-827-1000 or visit their online website: www.va.gov