Dept. of Veterans Affairs provides pre-burial eligibility

Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 at 6:23 PM EST
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FORT MITCHELL, AL (WTVM) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it now provides eligibility for burial in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need.

Pre-need eligibility will streamline access to burial benefits that veterans have earned through military service for themselves and their eligible family members. This will also help veterans and their families with pre-burial planning.

The announcements come nearing a time when fallen heroes are honored by the laying of wreaths on tombstones at national cemeteries.

"People want to know ahead of time if they were eligible for a National Cemetery," said Quincy Whitehead, cemetery director at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery. "Well now you can actually pre-plan to be buried in a National Cemetery. However, it's not to be mistaken with once they do a pre-need that it's a reservation."

Fort Mitchell will be participating in Wreaths Across America on Saturday along with Arlington and other national cemeteries to remember and honor fallen veterans.

More than 2,000 wreaths have been sponsored for the ceremony at Fort Mitchell.

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