[363-12] Disbursement of World War II Filipino-American veterans burial grant funds. (a) The office of veterans' services, at the request of a deceased World War II Filipino-American veteran's survivor or an interested party, shall make payment, under the veterans burial grant program, directly to a licensed provider of mortuary or crematory services in the State for the cost of:

(1) Providing funeral and burial services for a deceased World War II Filipino-American veteran; and

(2) Transporting the remains of a deceased World War II Filipino-American veteran to the Philippines.

(b) The maximum amount that may be disbursed on behalf of a deceased World War II Filipino-American veteran under this section is $2,500.

(c) The office of veterans' services shall not expend more than the amount appropriated for the fiscal year to provide burial grants for deceased World War II Filipino-American veterans.

(d) The office of veterans' services shall establish specific eligibility criteria, application and appeal procedures, service choices, and invoicing arrangements. Eligibility shall include the requirement that a World War II Filipino-American veteran was, at the time of death, a resident of the State, as evidenced by valid documentation of state residence, a State of Hawaii driver's license, or a State of Hawaii identification card.

(e) Payment shall be made by the office of veterans' services upon the submission of a contract for services on behalf of the deceased World War II Filipino-American veteran and an itemized unpaid invoice to the office.

(f) For the purposes of this section, "World War II Filipino-American veteran" means any Filipino-American veteran, who is now a citizen of the United States, who served honorably in an active duty status in any of the armed services of the United States between September 1, 1939, and December 31, 1946. [L 2003, c 101, 2]

 

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