VA Updates Memorialization Products

The VA published a new application for government-furnished headstones, markers, or medallions for placement in private or local government cemeteries (VA Forms 40-1330 and 40-1330M).

 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. 

You can find links to both claim forms here: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-1330.pdf and https://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-1330M.pdf

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 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, the selection box was updated 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, the General Information Sheet was updated 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.

For additional concerns regarding the headstone and marker, and medallion claim forms, please use the Inquiry Routing & Information System https://iris.custhelp.com

For information on VA burial benefits, visit http://www.cem.va.gov or call (800) 827-1000. 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.

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