Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices at www.cem.va.gov, calling VA regional offices toll free at 800-827-1000 or by contacting a veterans service officer with a veterans organization. To make burial arrangements at any VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.
Whether active duty or retired, construct a file containing copies of a DD-214, birth certificate, and any military records available, in order to make this important affair easier on a loved one and the family when the time arrives. This simple task will help eliminate some of the stress.
Speak to you again next week.
Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.