*****VA Cemeteries Offering Pre-Enrollment for Eligible Veterans*****
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this week announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald said, “This new program reaffirms our commitment to providing a lifetime of benefits and services for veterans and their families.” Now veterans and their families can plan for their burial needs which will alleviate some of the burden later.
Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299; email to Eligibility.PreNeed@va.gov; or mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151
*****Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance*****
Veteran: I am 100% service connected and was told I have a $10,000 life insurance policy from the VA with no premiums
Veterans’ Services Officer: Did you complete the necessary forms and receive that decision in writing?
Veteran: No, nobody told me I had to complete any forms.
Veterans’ Services Officer: As good as some Service Officers are there are still things that can be over looked and it is up to you to play an active role with the details of your service connected disability claim. When you received your packet from the VA with the decision on your claim they would have included a blue pamphlet titled “Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance”. The pamphlet covers quite a bit of insurance information and can be a bit confusing, however there is a 800 number to call with questions. One of the criteria is that you apply within 2 years from the date VA grants your new service-connected disability. And as far as no premiums you must also apply for that benefit as there is eligibility criteria beyond being 100% service connected that must be met to qualify.
Reminder to All: If you have received between 10% – 100% service-connected disability from the VA and meet all the eligibility criteria you too can apply for “Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance”. Premiums vary based on insurance type and age. Life Insurance contact information 1-800-669-8477 or www.insurance.va.gov for further details.
It is very important that all of our Veterans enroll in the VA system. The number of Veterans that are served by the VA system determines the level of funding
Estelle will help with any support needed for VA Claims or VA Health Care.
*****Veteran’s Council needs News Members*****
The Norton Veterans Council is looking for new members. If you are interested, please contact Ed Brault.
*****Add Veteran To Your Driver’s License*****
A reminder to those renewing their driver’s license – if you bring your DD214 / Separation papers to the registry of motor vehicles when renewing your license they will add Veteran on your license – this added information on your license may help you receive discounts or proof that you are a Veteran for other military opportunities.