ICYMI: #ExploreVA memorial benefits Facebook chat


Did you know VA provides burial and memorial benefits for Veterans, their spouses and other eligible family members?

On March 2, VA partnered with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to answer questions on Facebook about these memorial benefits. The chat addressed some of the most frequently asked questions and cleared up several common misconceptions about benefits and services. VA experts also answered questions submitted by Veterans and family members.

Here are a few of the questions and answers from the chat.

One of the first questions addressed general eligibility for VA memorial benefits:

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Finding a nearby cemetery was another question. There’s an online resource for finding your nearest VA national cemetery that’s available on the VA website at http://www.cem.va.gov/. Just enter your zip code in the “Find a Cemetery” search box.

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To honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased Veterans, families can receive a Presidential Memorial Certificate.

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One of the questions received asked about customizing the inscriptions on an issued headstone:

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A number of the questions asked by Facebook users were specific to their circumstances.  However, we were able to help answer many of those questions.

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Thank you to TAPS for hosting this ExploreVA Facebook chat, and thank you most of all those who participated.  We hope the information was helpful.

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Image 9You can learn more about VA memorial benefits by visiting the ExploreVA website. To view the chat on memorial benefits in its entirety, the TAPS Facebook page.



Megan Moloney

— Megan served at VA from May 2013 to July 2018. She is the daughter, granddaughter and spouse of Army and Navy Veterans who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.