OMB Control No. 2900-0013
Respondent Burden: 15 Minutes
Expiration Date: 3-31-2018
APPLICATION FOR UNITED STATES FLAG FOR BURIAL PURPOSES
PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: VA will not disclose information collected on this form to any source other than what has been authorized under the Privacy Act of 1974 or Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations 1.576 for routine
uses (i.e., civil or criminal law enforcement, congressional communications, epidemiological or research studies, the collection of money owed to the United States, litigation in which the United States is a party or has an
interest, the administration of VA programs and delivery of VA benefits, verification of identity and status, and personnel administration) as identified in the VA system of records, 58VA21/22/28, Compensation, Pension,
Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Records - VA, published in the Federal Register. Your obligation to respond is required to obtain or retain benefits. Giving us the veteran's SSN account information
is voluntary. Refusal to provide the veteran's SSN by itself will not result in the denial of benefits. VA will not deny an individual benefits for refusing to provide his or her SSN unless the disclosure of the SSN is required by
a Federal Statute of law in effect prior to January 1, 1975, and still in effect. The requested information is considered relevant and necessary to determine entitlement to benefits under the law. The responses you submit are
considered confidential (38 U.S.C. 5701). Information submitted is subject to verification through computer matching programs with other agencies.
RESPONDENT BURDEN: We need this information to determine eligibility for issuance of a burial flag to a family member or friend of a deceased veteran (38 U.S.C. 2301). Title 38, United States Code, allows us to ask
for this information. We estimate that you will need an average of 15 minutes to review the instructions, find the information, and complete this form. VA cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless a valid
OMB control number is displayed. You are not required to respond to a collection of information if this number is not displayed. Valid OMB control numbers can be located on the OMB Internet Page at
www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain
. If desired, you can call 1-800-827-1000 to get information on where to send comments or suggestions about this form.
IMPORTANT - Postmaster or other issuing official: Submit this form to the nearest VA regional office. Be sure to complete the stub at the bottom.
SUPERSEDES VA FORM 27- 2008, JUL 2012, WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE FLAG RECIPIENT AND APPLICANT
2. MAIDEN NAME OR OTHER NAME(S) VETERAN USED WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY
(Print or type)
6. BRANCH OF SERVICE (Check box)
11. DATE OF BURIAL
ARMY NAVY
YES NO
MARINE CORPS
OTHER
(Specify)
SELECTED SERVICE COAST GUARD AIR FORCE
13. HAS DOCUMENTATION BEEN PRESENTED OR ATTACHED THAT SHOWS THE VETERAN MEETS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?
(See Paragraphs C, D, and E of
the "Instructions")
INFORMATION ABOUT THE DECEASED VETERAN (Complete as much as possible)
(Information provided is considered essential when applying for other VA benefits.)
14A. NAME OF PERSON ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FLAG
15. REMARKS
4. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER3. VA FILE NUMBER 5. MILITARY SERVICE NUMBER/SERIAL NUMBER
12. PLACE OF BURIAL
(Name of cemetery, city, and State)
8. DATE RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY (or
Selected Reserve)
9. DATE OF BIRTH
16. SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT
(Sign in INK)
10. DATE OF DEATH
17. ADDRESS OF APPLICANT
(Number and street or
rural route, city or P.O., and ZIP Code)
19. DATE SIGNED
PENALTY - The law provides that whoever makes any statement of a material fact knowing it to be false shall be punished by a fine, imprisonment, or both.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT OF FLAG (ONLY ONE FLAG MAY BE ISSUED FOR EACH DECEASED VETERAN)
I CERTIFY that the statements made in this document are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I further certify that the deceased veteran is eligible, in
accordance with the attached instructions, for issue of a United States flag for burial purposes, and such flag has not been previously applied for or furnished.
20. SIGNATURE OF PERSON RECEIVING FLAG (Sign in INK)
21. DATE FLAG ISSUED
FOR VA USE
22. NAME AND ADDRESS OF POST OFFICE OR OTHER FLAG ISSUE POINT
DATE NOTIFICATION
FORWARDED TO SUPPLY
STATION NUMBER
This stub is to be completed by the POSTMASTER or other issuing official. Upon receipt the VA Regional Office will detach and forward it to
the appropriate Supply Officer.
VA FORM 27-2008, MAR 2015
27-2008
NOTIFICATION OF ISSUANCE OF FLAG
DATE FLAG ISSUED
SIGNATURE OF POSTMASTER OR OTHER ISSUING OFFICIAL
ADDRESS OF POST OFFICE OR OTHER FLAG ISSUE POINT
1. FIRST, MIDDLE, LAST NAME OF VETERAN
(Print or type)
SEE INSTRUCTIONS
VA FORM
MAR 2015
SUPERSEDES VA FORM 27- 2008, JUL 2012,
WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.
18. RELATIONSHIP TO
DECEASED VETERAN
(If "No," explain in Item 15, "Remarks" (See paragraph E of the "Instructions"))
7. DATE ENTERED ACTIVE DUTY (or Selected
Reserve)
14B. RELATIONSHIP OF DECEASED VETERAN (See Paragraph F of the "Instructions")
14C. ADDRESS OF PERSON ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FLAG (Number and street or rural route, city or P.O., State and ZIP Code)
ISSUING POINT TELEPHONE NO.
14D. TELEPHONE NUMBER
INSTRUCTIONS
Note: The flag cannot be replaced if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen.
Additionally, a flag may not be issued after burial unless it was
impossible to obtain a flag in time to drape the casket or accompany the
urn before burial. If the next-of-kin or friend is requesting the flag after
the veteran's burial, he or she must personally sign the application and
explain in Item 15 "Remarks" the reason that prevented timely
application for a burial flag.
B. How do I apply for a burial flag?
Complete VA Form 27-2008, and submit it to a funeral director or a
representative of the veteran or other organization having charge of the
funeral arrangements or acting in the interest of the veteran. You may
get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. When burial is
in a national, State or military post cemetery, a burial flag will be
provided.
D. Who is not eligible for a burial flag? (Continued)
Persons who were discharged from World War I service prior
to November 12, 1918, on their own application or solicitation
by reason of being an alien, or any veterans discharged for
alienage during a period of hostilities.
Persons who served with any of the forces allied with the
United States in any war, even though United States citizens,
if they did not serve with the United States armed forces.
Persons inducted for training and service who, before entering
such training and service were transferred to the Enlisted
Reserve Corps and given a furlough.
Former temporary members of the United States Coast Guard
Reserve.
A. How can I contact VA if I have questions?
If you have questions about this form, how to fill it out, or about
benefits, contact your nearest VA regional office. You can locate the
address of the nearest regional office in your telephone book blue pages
under "United States Government, Veterans" or call 1-800-827-1000
(Hearing Impaired TDD line 1-800-829-4833). You may also contact
VA by Internet at https://iris.va.gov/
.
F. Who is eligible to receive a burial flag?
Only one flag may be issued for each deceased veteran. Generally, the
flag is given to the next-of-kin as a keepsake after its use during the
funeral service. The flag is given to the following person(s) in the order
of precedence listed:
surviving spouse
children, according to age
parents, including adoptive, stepparents, and foster parents
brothers or sisters, including brothers or sisters of half blood
uncles or aunts
nephews or nieces
others, such as cousins or grandparents
When there is no next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to a friend making
a request for it. If there is no living relative or one cannot be located, and
no friend requests the flag, it must be returned to the nearest VA facility.
C. Who is eligible for a burial flag?
Generally, veterans with an other than dishonorable discharge.
Note: This includes veterans who served in the Philippine
military forces while such forces were in the service of the U.S.
armed forces under the President's Order of July 26, 1941 and
died on or after April 25, 1951, and veterans who served in
the Philippine military services are eligible for burial in a
national cemetery.
Veterans who were entitled to retired pay for service in the
reserves, or would have been entitled to such pay but not for
being under 60 years of age.
Members or former members of the Selected Reserve
(Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Naval
Reserve; Air National Guard; or Army National Guard) who
served at least one enlistment or, in the case of an officer, the
period of initial obligation, or were discharged for disability
incurred or aggravated in line of duty, or died while a member
of the Selected Reserve.
D. Who is not eligible for a burial flag?
Veterans who received a dishonorable discharge.
Members of the Selected Reserve whose last discharge from
service was under conditions less favorable than honorable.
Peacetime veterans who were discharged before June 27, 1950
and did not serve at least one complete enlistment or incur or
aggravate a disability in the line of duty.
Veterans who were convicted of a Federal capital crime and
sentenced to death or life imprisonment, or were convicted of
a State capital crime and sentenced to death or life
imprisonment without parole, or were found to have committed
a Federal or State capital crime but were not convicted by
reason of not being available for trial due to death or flight to
avoid prosecution.
Discharged or rejected draftees, or members of the National
Guard, who reported to camp in answer to the President's call
for World War I service but who, when medically examined,
were not finally accepted for military service.
E. What documentation is required in order to receive a burial flag?
Provide a copy of the veteran's discharge documents that shows service
dates and the character of service, such as DD Form 214, or verification
of service from the veteran's service department or VA. Various
information requested, is considered essential to the proper processing of
the application. Ensure these areas are completed as fully as possible.
Note: If the claimant is unable to provide documentary proof, a flag may
be issued when a statement is made by a person of established character
and reputation that he/she personally knows the deceased to have been a
veteran who meets the eligibility criteria.
VA FORM 27-2008, MAR 2015
ISSUING OFFICIAL WILL DETACH THIS SHEET AND PRESENT IT TO THE RECIPIENT OF THE FLAG
USE OF THE FLAG
CORRECT METHOD OF FOLDING THE UNITED STATES FLAG
(E) The diagonal or triangular
folding is continued toward the
blue union until the end is
reached, with only the blue
showing and the form being
that of a cocked (three corner)
hat.
(A) Straighten out the flag to
full length and fold lengthwise
once, folding the lower
striped section of the flag
over the blue field.
(B) Fold the flag lengthwise a
second time to meet the open
edge, making sure that the
union of stars on the blue
field remains outward in full
view.
(C) A triangular fold is then
started by bringing the striped
corner of the folded edge to
the open edge.
(D) The outer point is then
turned inward, parallel with the
open edge to form a second
triangle.
4. Folding the flag (see illustration below):
3. During a military commitment ceremony, the flag which
was used to drape the casket is held waist high over the
grave by the pallbearers and, immediately after the sounding
of "Taps," is folded in accordance with the illustration below.
(c) Full Couch (Open) - When the flag is used to drape a
full-couch casket, it should be folded in a triangular shape
and placed in the center part of the head panel of the casket
cap, just above the left shoulder of the deceased.
(b) Half Couch (Open) - When the flag is used to drape a
half-couch casket, it should be placed in three layers to
cover the closed half of the casket in such a manner that the
blue field will be the top fold, next to the open portion of the
casket on the deceased's left.
(a) Closed Casket - When the flag is used to drape a closed
casket, it should be so placed that the union (blue field) is at
the head and over the left shoulder of the deceased.
2. When used to drape the casket, the flag should be placed
as follows:
1. This flag is issued on behalf of the Department of
Veterans Affairs to honor the memory of one who has served
our country.
5. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed
to touch the ground. When taken from the casket, it should
be folded as shown (see illustration).
6. The flag should form a distinctive feature of the
ceremony of the unveiling of a statue or monument, but it
should never be used as a covering for the statue or
monument.
7. The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or
stowed in such a manner as will permit it to be easily torn,
soiled, or damaged in any way.
8. The flag should never have placed upon it, nor any part
of it, nor attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word,
figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
9. The flag should never be used as a receptacle for
receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
10. The flag, when badly worn, torn, or soiled should no
longer be publicly displayed, but privately destroyed by
burning in such a manner as to convey no suggestion of
disrespect or irreverence.
VA FORM 27-2008, MAR 2015
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