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