VA will work with Hmong families to make eligibility determinations under 38 U.S.C. 2402(a)(10). VA advises that those seeking eligibility under that law should provide a copy of their U.S. Certificate of Naturalization with Registration "A" number, which will be used to retrieve naturalization records from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service so that VA can make its determination.
To request a Time of Need (means time of death) eligibility determination for someone who is deceased, the next of kin or funeral home may call the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-800-535-1117. If the decedent is determined to be eligible, the next of kin or funeral home director may schedule a burial in a VA national cemetery with available grave space. When making the call, the next of kin or funeral home director should advise the scheduler that interment is requested under PL 115-141.
To request a Pre-Need (means before death) eligibility determination for purposes of burial planning for a living individual, the individual or next of kin should complete VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and fax the form to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office (NCSO) at 1-855-840-8299 or mail the form to:
P.O. Box 510543
St. Louis, MO 63151
When completing the form (VA Form 40-10007), write "PL115-141" in Block 5, write the Certification of Naturalization Registration "A" number in Block 6, and select 'Other' in Block 13. If VA burial is requested at an eligible decedent's time of need for burial, VA will review the pre-need eligibility determination as part of the final eligibility determination.
VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, can also be requested by contacting the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-800-535-1117.
To request a headstone or marker for burial in a private cemetery, the next of kin or authorized applicant must complete VA Form 40-1330, Claim for Government Headstone or Marker. The VA Form 40-1330 must be faxed to VA at 1-800-455-7143 or mailed to:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Memorial Products Service (41B)
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903
When completing the form (VA Form 40-1330), write "PL115-141" and the Certification of Naturalization Registration "A" number in Block 33.