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Eligibility

 

Persons Eligible for Interment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado

 

The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado Administrator has the primary responsibility for verifying eligibility for interment in the Cemetery. A determination of eligibility is usually made in response to a request for interment (however, early registration is available). Persons eligible for interment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado include:

Description

a. Any Colorado member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty.

b. Any Colorado veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. With certain exceptions, service beginning after September 7, 1980, as an enlisted person, and service after October 16, 1981, as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 months or the full period for which the person was called to active duty. (Examples include those serving less than 24 months in the Gulf War or Reservists who were federalized by Presidential Act). Undesirable, bad conduct, and any other type of discharge other than honorable may or may not qualify the individual for veterans benefits, depending upon a determination made by a VA Regional Office. Cases presenting multiple discharges of varying character are also referred for adjudication to a VA Regional Office.

c. Any citizen of the United States and Colorado who, during any war in which the United States has been or may hereafter be engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any Government allied with the United States during that war, whose last active service was terminated honorably by death or otherwise, and who was a citizen of the United States and Colorado at the time of entry into such service and at the time of death.

Description

a. Colorado Reservists and National Guard members who, at time of death, were entitled to retired pay under Chapter 1223, title 10, United States Code, or would have been entitled, but for being under the age of 60. Specific categories of persons eligible for retired pay are delineated in section 12731 of Chapter 1223, title 10, United States Code.

 

b. Colorado member of reserve components who die while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while performing active duty for training or inactive duty training, or undergoing such hospitalization or treatment.

c. Colorado members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Army, Navy, or Air Force who die under honorable conditions while attending an authorized training camp or on an authorized cruise, while performing authorized travel to or from that camp or cruise, or while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while engaged in one of those activities.

d. Colorado members of reserve components who, during a period of active duty for training, were disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty or, during a period of inactive duty training, were disabled or died from an injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

Description

a. A Colorado Commissioned Officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly titled the Coast and Geodetic Survey and the Environmental Science Services Administration) will full-time duty on or after July 29, 1945.

b. A Colorado Commissioned Officer who served before July 29, 1945; and:

 

1. Was assigned to an area of immediate military hazard while in time of war, or of a Presidentially declared national emergency as determined by the Secretary of Defense;

2. Served in the Philippine Islands on December 7, 1941, and continuously in such islands thereafter; or,

3. Transferred to the Department of the Army or the Department of the Navy under the provisions of the Act of May 22, 1917 (40 Stat. 87; 33 U.S.C.

Description

. A Colorado Commissioned Officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service who served on full-time duty on or after July 29, 1945. If the service of the particular Public Health Service Officer falls within the meaning of active duty for training, as defined in section 101(22), title 38, United States Code, he or she must have been disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

b. A Colorado Commissioned Officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service who performed full-time duty prior to July 29, 1945;

1. In time of war;

2. On detail for duty with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Air Force; or,

3. While the Service was part of the military forces of the United States pursuant to Executive Order of the President.

c. A Colorado Commissioned Officer serving on inactive duty training as defined in section 101(23), title 38, United States Code, whose death resulted from an injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

Description

a. United States Merchant Mariners with oceangoing service during the period of armed conflict, December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946. Prior to the enactment of Public Law 105-368, United States Merchant Mariners with oceangoing service during the period of armed conflict of December 7, 1941, to August 15, 1945, were eligible. With enactment of Public Law 105-368, the service period is extended to December 31, 1946, for those dying on or after November 11, 1998. A DD-214 documenting this service may be obtained by submitting an application to Commandant (G-MVP-6), United States Coast Guard, 2100 2nd Street, SW, Washington, DC 20593. Notwithstanding, the Mariner's death must have occurred on or after the enactment of Public Law 105-368.

b. United States Merchant Mariners who served on blockships in support of Operation Mulberry during World War II.

Description

a. The spouse or surviving spouse of an eligible person, even if that person is not buried or memorialized in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado or a national cemetery, is eligible for interment. In addition, the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States lost or buried at sea, or officially determined to be permanently absent in a status of missing or missing in action, or whose remains have been donated to science or cremated and the ashes scattered is also eligible for burial.

(1) A surviving spouse includes a surviving spouse who has had a subsequent remarriage and whose death occurred on or after January 1, 2000.

(1) Who is under the age of 21 years; or,

(2) Who is under 23 years of age and pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution; or,

(3) Who became permanently physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching 21 years of age, or before reaching 23 years of age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Proper supportive documentation must be provided.

b. The minor children of an eligible person. For purpose of interment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, a minor child is a person who is unmarried and:

c. The minor children of an eligible person. For purpose of interment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, a minor child is a person who is unmarried and:

1. Who is under the age of 21 years; or,

2. Who is under 23 years of age and pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution.

d. An unmarried adult child of an eligible person if the child is physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching the age of 21 years. Proper supportive documentation must be provided.

Description

Such other persons or classes of persons as designated by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C.