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[72 Stat. 1169]
[72 Stat. 1169]
PUBLIC LAW 85-000—MMMM. DD, 1958



PUBLIC LAW 85-857-SEPT. 2, 1958

§ 804. Benefits additional to benefits under other laws Any veteran who accepts the benefits of this chapter shall not by reason thereof be denied the benefits of chapter 37 of this title; however, the assistance authorized by this chapter shall not be available to any veteran more than once. § 805. Nonliability of United States The Government of the United States shall have no liability in connection with any housing unit, or necessary land therefor, acquired under the provisions of this chapter. CHAPTER 23—BURIAL B E N E F I T S Sec.

901. 902. 903. 904. 905.

Flags. Funeral expenses. Death in Veterans' Administration facility. Claims for reimbursement. Persons eligible under prior law.

§ 901. F l a g s (a) The Administrator shall furnish a flag to drape the casket of each deceased veteran who— (1) was a veteran of any war; (2) had served at least one enlistment; or (3) had been discharged or released from the active military, naval, or air service for a disability incurred or aggravated in line of duty. (b) After the burial of the veteran the flag so furnished shall be given to his next of kin. If no claim is made for the flag by the next of kin, it may be given, upon request, to a close friend or associate of the deceased veteran. If a flag is given to a close friend or associate of the deceased veteran, no flag shall be given to any other person on account of the death of such veteran. § 902. Funeral expenses (a) Where a veteran dies who— (1) was a veteran of any war; (2) had been discharged from the active military, naval, or air service for a disability incurred or aggravated in line of duty; or (3) was in receipt of, or but for the receipt of retirement pay would have been entitled to, disability compensation; the Administrator, in his discretion having due regard to the circumstances in each case, may pay a sum not exceeding $250 to such person as he prescribes to cover the burial and funeral expenses of the deceased veteran and the expense of preparing the body and transporting it to the place of burial. (b) Except as hereafter provided in this subsection, no deduction shall be made from the burial allowance because of the veteran's net assets at the time of his death, or because of any contribution from any source toward the burial and funeral expenses (including transportation) unless the amount of expenses incurred is covered by the amount actuall;^ paid therefor by the United States, a State, any agency or political subdivision of the United States or of a State, the employer of the deceased veteran, or a burial association. No claim shall be allowed for more than the difference between the entire amount of the expenses incurred, and the amount paid by any or all of the foregoing. The Administrator shall not deny or reduce the amount of the burial allowance otherwise payable because of a cash contribution made by a burial association to any person other than the person rendering burial and funeral services. The burial allowance or any part thereof shall not be paid in any case where specific provision is otherwise made for payment of expenses of funeral, transportation, and interment under any other Act.