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Federal Benefits Handbook
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Federal Benefits Handbook

A HANDBOOK, FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS & DEPENDENTS, has been updated with the latest data and is now available for $3.70, postpaid.  The 96 page booklet describes such VA benefits as medical care, education, compensation, pension, life insurance, home loan guarantee, vocational rehabilitation and burial assistance.

To obtain this booklet, send your check or money order in the amount of $3.70 to:

Superintendent of Documents
U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, D.C.  20402-9325

The Stock number to order is ISBN 0-16-036128.  It can be ordered with a credit card by dialing (202) 512-1800, or FAX 202-512-2250.

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Obtain Your Service Medals

TO OBTAIN YOUR SERVICE MEDALS

You can obtain all service medals you are entitled to by writing to:

National Personnel Records Center
Entitlement to Awards Division
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO  63132

You must write asking for the Medals to be issued to you and you must include a copy of both sides of your discharge papers. This service is available to all living veterans and the relatives of deceased veterans.

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VA Burial Benefits

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR VA BURIAL BENEFITS

All veterans with discharges other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children are eligible for burial in a VA Cemetery.  The National Cemetery Systems operates 114 cemeteries within the United States and Puerto Rico.  Those eligible for burial are also eligible for a Government provided headstone or marker and Presidential Memorial Certificate.

Veterans and their dependents may apply for all VA benefits by dialing 1-800-827-1000.

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1-800 Number for VA Burial

1-800 NUMBER FOR VA GRAVE INFORMATION

The DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS now has a TOLL FREE NUMBER where you can inquire about headstones for veterans or other questions concerning the grave marker program.

This system will greatly enhance the ability to get answers to customers who need them quickly.  By calling 1-800-697-6947 you can connect to the VA's National Cemetery Systems, Office of Memorials Programs in Washington, D.C.  This line operates from 8 AM until 4:30 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. 

Service representatives can now supply immediate information about status of applications, headstones or marker delivery and general information about the Memorial programs.

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Service Records

SERVICE RECORDS

The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO, is the office to write to for any information regarding your WWII Service.

Their address is:

National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

The Center holds the military personnel records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services.  It does not hold records of persons still on active duty, in the National Guard or Reserves, or living Army Retirees.

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Ship Deck Logs

DECK LOGS

The Naval Historical Center (DC) has custody of all deck logs for U.S. Naval vessels through 1961.  The logs are kept at:

Textual Reference Branch
National Archives and Records Administration
86O1 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD  20740-6001
Phone (301) 713-7250.

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VFW Membership

VFW MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Once eligibility has been established, joining is easy.  Dues are $20 for membership; submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  Mail to:

VFW Membership
406 West 34th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
e-mail: rowoldt@vfw.org

Veteran of Foreign Wars Website

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American Legion Membership

AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

To become a member of The American Legion you must have served at least one day of active military duty (dates posted AM website below) and have been honorably discharged or still serving honorably.  Dues are $20 for annual membership in The American Legion.

American Legion Website

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