For more information on disability and end-of-life planning, contact an attorney or a veterans service officer. Veterans may be eligible for free legal assistance.
Funeral directors now have the availability of the new online Funeral Directors Resource Kit. The website was created to help funeral directors nationwide to use the kit when helping veterans and their families make burial arrangements in VA national cemeteries and apply for VA memorial benefits quickly.
It has links about eligibility, benefits and services, plus videos and information regarding services offered with and without military funeral honors. The videos are available in English and Spanish. The website is available at www.cem.va/gov/funeraldirector.asp.
The VA maintains 3.2 million grave sites in 131 VA national cemeteries and interred more than 118,000 veterans and family members in fiscal year 2012. Contact the local funeral home for assistance with all veterans or go to www.cem.va.gov for additional information.
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Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.