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Henry M. Guttormson, Post #40

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440

 

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FILLMORE COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE
 
Proudly Serving our Minnesota Veterans

Jason Marquardt - Veterans Service Officer

902 Houston St. NW, Suite #4

Preston, MN  55965

Office Phone:  507-765-4937

Office Fax: 507-765-4405

 

vso@co.fillmore.mn.us

jmarquardt@co.fillmore.mn.us

http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/veteransdefault.htm

Providing support to veterans, widows of veterans, children of a deceased or

disabled veteran, and parents who lost a son or daughter in military service.

 

 

BURIAL AND MEMORIAL BENEFITS

Please call the Fillmore County Veterans Service Office at 507-765-4937 for benefit details and assistance

 

VETERAN NATIONAL CEMETERY BURIAL ELIGIBILITY

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

  • Veterans who meet applicable duty requirements and who were discharged under honorable conditions. 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 continuous months or the full period for which the person was called to active duty (as in the case of a Reservist called to active duty for a limited duration)

  • 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.

  • The spouse or surviving spouse of an eligible veteran is eligible for interment in a national cemetery even if that veteran is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery. In addition, the spouse or surviving spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States whose remains are unavailable for burial is also eligible for burial.

VETERAN BURIAL ENTITLEMENTS

 

AMERICAN FLAG

A flag to drape the casket or folded flag presented to the veteran's family

  • Honorably discharged veterans of any war or of service after 1/31/1955 who served at least one enlistment or were discharged or released from active duty for a disability incurred in the line of duty.

  • Former members of the Selected Reserve that have completed at least one enlistment or were discharged or released for a disability incurred in the line of duty.

  • Program was initiated in March 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent Presidents.

  • Certificated bear the current President's signature expressing the country's grateful recognition of the veteran's service in the United States Armed Forces.

  • Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased veterans.

 

  • Any deceased veteran discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable are eligible for a government headstone or marker.

  • Service after September 7, 1980 must be for a minimum of 24 consecutive months or be completed under special circumstances (e.g., death on active duty).

  • Persons who have only limited active duty service for training while in the National Guard or Reserves are not eligible unless there are special circumstances (e.g., death while on duty or as a result of training).

  • Persons with 20 years of service in the National Guard or Reserves who are entitled to retired pay are also eligible for a government headstone or marker. A copy of the Reserve Retirement Eligibility Benefits Letter (commonly called the "Twenty-Year Letter") must accompany the application.

  • Active duty service (other than active duty for training) while in the National Guard or Reserves also establish eligibility.

 

Available Headstones & Markers

 
 

Styles and types available depend on rules of  the particular cemetery.

 

 

BURIAL AND PLOT ELIGIBILITY AND ALLOWANCE

  • Veteran must have been in receipt of or entitled to receive VA Disability Compensation and/or Pension

  • Veteran must have died in a VA medical center or while hospitalized under VA contract

TRANSPORTATION COSTS MAY BE PAID IF:

  • Death is non-service connected and vet is to be transported for burial in nearest National Cemetery.

  • Dies while hospitalized by VA or at VA expense or in an approved state nursing home.

  • Pays for transport of remains from place of death to place of burial.

SERVICE CONNECTED DEATH:

  • $2,000 reimbursement toward total burial costs including transportation.

NON-SERVICE RELATED DEATH:

  • For deaths on or after October 1, 2011, VA will pay up to $700 toward burial and funeral expenses (if hospitalized by VA at time of death), or $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (if not hospitalized by VA at time of death), and a $700.00 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national cemetery).

 

OTHER SOURCES TO HONOR YOUR VETERANS

 

FREE URNS FOR VETERANS

MADE FOR VETERANS BY VETERANS

There is NO COST (monetary) for Military Veterans to recieve a FREE urn. Each urn is professionally handmade using quality oak wood and is personalized with a military service seal and a name plate with the veteran's name, rank, and life dates.

Click here for details

 

SOLID OAK FLAG CASE

MADE FOR VETERANS BY VETERANS

Display, protect and preserve your Memorial United States Flag in a beautifully handcrafted solid oak flag case with a glass front, removable back and engraved plate with veteran's name and branch of service.

Minnesota Veterans Home

1200 E. 18th Street, Hastings, MN 55033

Phone:  651-539,2486

 

BELL OF HONOR

The Bell of Honor is not associated with the Veterans Services Office but is available to all that have lost a hero!

Based in Rochester, Minnesota, The Bell of Honor is available, upon the family's invitation to be present at the final resting place, at funerals, memorials or during special occasions worthy of the honor.  The primary mission is to show the utmost respect and honor to the individual and their family.  The bell is tolled as a sign of respect and honor for Fallen Hero's who have given their all.  Active Military, Veteran's, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS who have made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest can exist in peace and safety.

 

An unbelievable experience! Please go to http://www.thebellofhonor.org for details and to make arrangements to honor your Fallen Heroes!

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

When interacting with any website, we encourage you to read the posted privacy statement as you will be subject to the their privacy policies.  While we support the protection of privacy on the Internet, the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion Post 40 cannot be responsible for the actions of third parties.

 

Fillmore County Veteran Services Officer  http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/veteransdefault.htm

US Department of Veteran Affairs  https://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/

 

National Veterans Cemetery Administation  http://www.cem.va.gov/

Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Preston  https://mn.gov/mdva/memorials/stateveteranscemeteries/minnesota-state-veterans-cemetery-preston.jsp

 

Locate a military cemetery  http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/division_flsh.asp?dnum=4

 

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HAVING A PARTY OR MEETING?  HAVE IT AT THE LEGION!

Upstairs facilities available to anyone for meetings and/or parties.

  *You do not have to be a member to rent the facilities.

Meetings / Kitchen / Dining Hall only, no Bar - everything you need except the food and cooks $30

Entire upstairs with Bar and Bartender $50

Call 507-467-3440 during business hours for bookings.

 

American Legion Post #40

Henry M. Guttormson

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440

 

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