2010 Indiana Code
TITLE 10. PUBLIC SAFETY
ARTICLE 17. VETERANS' AFFAIRS
CHAPTER 10. VETERANS' BURIAL ALLOWANCE
Chapter 10. Veterans' Burial Allowance
Qualification for allowance
Sec. 1. If:
(1) a person:
(A) has served as a member of the armed forces of the United States as a soldier, sailor, or marine in the army, air force, or navy of the United States or as a member of the women's components of the army, air force, or navy of the United States, is a resident of Indiana, and dies while a member of the armed forces and before discharge from the armed forces or after receiving an honorable discharge from the armed forces; or
(B) is the spouse or surviving spouse of a person described in clause (A) and is a resident of Indiana; and
(2) a claim is filed for a burial allowance:
(A) by an interested person with the board of commissioners of the county of the residence of the deceased person; and
(B) stating the fact:
(i) of the service, death, and discharge if discharged from service before death; and
(ii) that the body has been buried in a decent and respectable manner in a cemetery or burial ground;
the board of commissioners shall hear and determine the claim like other claims and, if the facts averred are found to be true, shall allow the claim in an amount set by ordinance. However, the amount of the allowance may not be more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
As added by P.L.2-2003, SEC.8. Amended by P.L.97-2004, SEC.43.
Limit on allowance
Sec. 2. (a) Not more than one (1) claim for a burial allowance may be allowed for a decedent who qualifies under this chapter.
(b) The total sum of the claim filed and for which allowances must be made shall be set by ordinance and may not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).
As added by P.L.2-2003, SEC.8. Amended by P.L.97-2004, SEC.44.
Prohibition of reimbursement claim
Sec. 3. Money expended by a county under this chapter shall be considered a gift. Persons for and on behalf of the state or a political subdivision of the state may not file a claim for a lump sum death benefit with the federal Social Security Administration claiming reimbursement for money so expended.
As added by P.L.2-2003, SEC.8.
Setting of grave marker
Sec. 4. Before a person enters into a contract to set a grave marker provided by the federal government for the grave of a person described in section 1(1) of this chapter with a person who receives the grave marker from the federal government or the person's representative, the person who will set the grave marker must disclose the following information to the person who receives the grave marker or the person's representative:
(1) The price of the least expensive installation procedure that the person who will set the grave marker will charge and a description of the goods and services included in the procedure.
(2) The prices of any other installation procedures or options that may be performed or provided by the person who will set the grave marker and a description of the goods and services included in the procedures or options.
As added by P.L.2-2003, SEC.8. Amended by P.L.97-2004, SEC.45.
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