Greetings from 3rd District Service Officer
Gerald Schmidt - Climax Post 465
I will be posting specific links and information on issues and events related to the needs of veterans and their families. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time. email@example.com, 269.425.5854
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National Cemetery Administration
Presidential Memorial Certificates
VA - http://www.va.gov
National Cemetery Administration - https://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/index.asp
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of deceased Veterans who are eligible for burial in a national cemetery.
This program was initiated in March 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent Presidents. Statutory authority for the program is Section 112, Title 38, of the United States Code.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the PMC program by preparing the certificates which bear the current President's signature expressing the country's grateful recognition of the Veteran's service in the United States Armed Forces.
A PMC is authorized for Veterans who are eligible for burial in a national cemetery by reason of any of paragraphs (1), (2), (3), or (7) of section 2402(a) of title 38 U.S. Code §112.
An eligible recipient (i.e., next of kin, a relative or friend upon request, or an authorized service representative acting on behalf of such relative or friend) may apply for a PMC by completing a VA Form 40-0247, Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form: More than one PMC may be requested. http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-0247.pdf To expedite the processing of the claim, please submit the Veteran's military discharge documents https://www.cem.va.gov/hmm/discharge_documents.asp and death certificate. Do not send original documents, as they will not be returned.
Check the Status
If you have already requested a PMC more than sixteen (16) weeks ago and have not received it yet, please call 1-202-565-4964, to find out the status of your request. Please do not send a second application unless we request you to do so. Veteran Service Officers and Funeral Homes: If you have questions about the status of a request please contact us at 1-202-565-4964. You may also send request for status by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Our application form (VA Form 40-0247) link is shown above. Please save this form to your computer and make as many copies as you might need.