Obituaries

Richard Buckler
B: 1949-02-06
D: 2017-05-19
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Buckler, Richard
Elsa Veneziano
B: 1927-04-09
D: 2017-05-18
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Veneziano, Elsa
Enrique Cortes
B: 1923-05-29
D: 2017-05-18
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Cortes, Enrique
Lillian Welsh
B: 1916-09-14
D: 2017-05-17
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Welsh, Lillian
Filomena Cozzolino
B: 1930-10-18
D: 2017-05-17
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Cozzolino, Filomena
Jose Ostolaza
B: 1946-11-21
D: 2017-05-16
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Ostolaza, Jose
Lucille Marinelli
B: 1938-04-29
D: 2017-05-12
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Marinelli, Lucille
Dalila Gomez
B: 1921-06-22
D: 2017-05-11
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Gomez, Dalila
Rose D'Orazio
B: 1927-01-10
D: 2017-05-05
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D'Orazio, Rose
Elsie Gutierrez
B: 1941-11-14
D: 2017-05-02
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Gutierrez, Elsie
Shawn Austin Crosby
B: 1988-06-29
D: 2017-05-01
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Crosby, Shawn Austin
Rohani Borel
B: 1947-11-12
D: 2017-04-27
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Borel, Rohani
Carolyn Infante
B: 1943-10-07
D: 2017-04-27
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Infante, Carolyn
Liborio Ortega
B: 1925-11-28
D: 2017-04-26
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Ortega, Liborio
Barbara Maucione
B: 1942-01-07
D: 2017-04-26
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Maucione, Barbara
Luis Bermeo
D: 2017-04-26
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Bermeo, Luis
Philomena Sangenito
B: 1922-08-18
D: 2017-04-25
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Sangenito, Philomena
Madeline Harms
B: 1927-01-28
D: 2017-04-24
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Harms, Madeline
Maryann Mangogna
D: 2017-04-23
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Mangogna, Maryann
Bernardo Iacono
B: 1947-02-23
D: 2017-04-20
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Iacono, Bernardo
Urbana Diaz
B: 1938-09-02
D: 2017-04-20
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Diaz, Urbana

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VETERAN’S BURIAL ALLOWANCE

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes a partial reimbursement of eligible veteran’s burial and funeral costs.  When the cause of death is not service-related, the reimbursement is generally described as two payments.  (1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot interment allowance.  You may be entitled to a VA burial allowance if:
•    You paid for a veteran’s burial or funeral AND
•    You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased veteran’s employer AND
•    The veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
•    The veteran died because of service-related disability OR
•    The veteran was getting VA pension or compensation at the time of death OR
•    The veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay OR
•    The veteran died in a VA hospital or while in a nursing home under VA contract.
Service related death.  The VA will pay an allowance toward burial expenses.
Non-service related death.  The VA will pay an allowance toward burial and funeral expenses and a plot interment allowance.  If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under contracted nursing care, the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.

HEADSTONES AND MARKERS

•    The VA furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker to mark the unmarked grave of an eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.
•    Flat bronze, granite or marble marker and upright granite and marble headstones are available.  The style chose must be consistent with existing markers or monuments at the place of burial.
•    Niche markers are also available to mark columbarium used for inurnment of cremated remains.

BURIAL FLAGS

Most veterans are eligible for a burial flag.  Reservists entitled to retired pay are also eligible to receive a burial flag.

To facilitate receiving veterans benefits for which you may be eligible, you will need the following when you contact the Veterans Administration Office:
•    Proof of the veteran’s military service (DD 214)
•    Service Serial Number
•    Marriage License (if applicable)
•    Child’s Birth Certificate( if applicable)
•    Certified copy of the death certificate.

Veterans Administration Toll-Free Phone Number is:  1-800-827-1000 or visit their online website: www.va.gov