Military Minute

Nolan County Veterans Service Office 235.2214
During the recent 10th annual KXOX Veterans Shout-Out, I talked with Robert McBride of the Nolan County Veterans Service Office about the VA's burial benefits, including an available space in any of the 131 national cemetaries, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a government headstone or marker, a buriel flag and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, provided at no cost to the family. Sites cannot be reserved in advance. Some Veterans may also be eligible for burial allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains. You should advise your family of your wishes and where your discharge papers are kept. These papers are very important in establishing your eligibility. For help in this matter, or for more information, contact the Nolan County Veterans Service Officer at 235.2214. # Army Pvt. Joshua R. Sutton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He is the son of Lisa and Shawn Rees of Colorado City and a 2014 graduate of Colorado High School in Colorado City.

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