New VA Memorial Benefits.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA) values its partnership with you as we seek to honor the service of Veterans and their families with VA memorial benefits.  We could not accomplish this task without your strong support.  For that reason, we are sending you this message so that you can help us inform Veteran families of updated application and eligibility information for Government-furnished headstones, markers, or medallions for placement in private or local Government cemeteries.

Today, VA published a revised VA Form 40-1330, Claim for Standard Government Headstone or Marker and VA Form 40-1330M, Claim for a Government Medallion for Placement in a Private Cemetery.  Both forms are now available on VA’s website at www.va.gov/forms.  All other versions of the VA Form 40-1330 are obsolete.  Please ensure the most current version dated December 2017 is submitted. For your convenience, we have included a direct link to both claim forms: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-1330.pdf and https://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-1330M.pdf

Why Did We Change Our Forms?

The revision of the forms are primarily a result of two recent changes in the law:

Headstones and Markers

Under 38 CFR 38.600(a)(1) only the following individuals may apply for a burial headstone or marker:

 1) a decedent’s family member;

2) a personal representative;

3) a representative of a Congressionally-chartered Veterans Service Organization;

4) an employee of a state or local government whose official responsibilities include serving Veterans;

5) any individual who is responsible, under the laws of a state or locality, for the disposition of unclaimed remains or matters related to the decedent’s interment or memorialization; or

6) any individual, if the dates of service of the Veteran ended prior to April 6, 1917.

Note: For a memorial headstones and markers that commemorate the memory of an eligible individual, the applicant must be a member of the decedent’s family, 38 CFR 38.600(a)(2).

 Medallions:

Public Law 114-315 authorizes VA to furnish a Government medallion in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or marker to Veterans who served on or after April 6, 1917, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.

 What Was Changed On The Forms?

 1.    On the VA Form 40-1330, Claim for Standard Government Headstone or Marker,we updated the selection box for each eligible claimant (as identified under 38 CFR 38.600(a)(1)).

 2.    On the VA Form 40-1330M, Claim for a Government Medallion for Placement in a Private Cemetery, we updated our General Information Sheet to reflect that Veterans who served on or after April 6, 1917, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker are eligible for a Government medallion.  Previously, only Veterans who died on or after November 1, 1990 were eligible for the Government medallion.

 Additionally, both forms now:

·         Ask for demographic information (which is optional) for statistical reporting purposes only,

·         Allow claimants to request one or more Presidential Memorial Certificates, and

·         Include a fax cover sheet with a checklist for convenience.

 Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.  Should you have additional concerns regarding the headstone and marker, and medallion claim forms, please contact us using our Inquiry Routing & Information System https://iris.custhelp.com, so we can track inquiries and respond promptly.

 For information on VA burial benefits, visit http://www.cem.va.gov or call (800) 827-1000.  Please look for our future e-mails on memorial benefits available for eligible Veterans and spouses.  Also, please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign-up for notifications, future e-mail updates and information regarding VA memorial benefits through GovDelivery at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/usvanca/subscriber/new

medical records……

“I recently learned that so many of us are having trouble getting medical records from our doctors to move forward with the application process. It would be very nice to have helpful article & possible advice given what we can do to force our medical records to be sent? At least we wouldn’t feel alone and defeated? I know my own situation with doctor’s offices lagging on sending records has caused me urgent problems. They hold my life in their hands by not sending my medical records.”

Indeed, personal medical records management can be a bit exhausting. We’ll offer some tips on how to make that easier. In addition, we think this is also a great opportunity to offer a refresher on the claims process as it pertains to Camp Lejeune contamination.

Check this very detailed link:
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Also see this article: http://taskandpurpose.com/ camp-lejeune-water- contamination-investigation- cdc/?utm_source=newsletter& utm_medium=email&utm_campaign= tp-today&utm_content=button

New Camp LaJune Information

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) finalized a new rule on 13 January 2017 to consider eight diseases as presumptive for service connection. This presumptive service connection provides VA disability benefits to veterans who have one of eight diseases and served for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) on permanent or temporary duty at Camp Lejeune between 1 August 1953 and 31 December 1987. The eight diseases covered under the new rule are: adult leukemia; aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes; bladder cancer; kidney cancer; liver cancer; multiple myeloma; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; and Parkinson’s disease.

The rule will become effective after a 60-day Congressional review. Following the Congressional review period, the Marine Corps will mail registrants pertinent information and updates about the VA’s new rule. The rule will be effective 14 March 2017.

Congress granted the VA the authority to prescribe all rules and regulations presumptively connecting a disease to service. We appreciate efforts by the VA and Congress to support our Marines and their families.

 

To contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about health care benefits, please visit http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/, or call (877) 222-8387 (Healthcare), or (800) 827-1000 (Benefits).

 

The health and welfare of our Marines, Sailors, their families and our civilian workers are top priorities for the Marine Corps. We continue to work diligently to identify and notify individuals who may have been exposed to the chemicals in drinking water at Camp Lejeune. For more information about these efforts, or to update your contact information, please see: http://www.marines.mil/clwater/ or contact the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Call Center at (877) 261-9782, or e-mail clwater@usmc.mil. Please share this information with anyone that may have been at Camp Lejeune between the dates noted and encourage them to register with us.

 

Sincerely,

The Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Program