Veterans Benefits Information guide to VA benefits

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Veterans Crisis Line available around the clock

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Social distancing and isolation have been urged, if not required, throughout the United States to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Isolation, however, can cause psychological strain, and The American Legion strongly encourages use of the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1 after dialing) for those in need of help. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Legionnaires who are concerned about veterans in their communities who may be isolated or at risk are encouraged to visit to learn how confidential connections can be made with caring, qualified VA responders.

Toll-free number: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1 after dialing)

Text message: 838255

Website for online chat:

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A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.