38 CFR § 38.600 - Definitions.
(1)Applicant defined - burial headstones and markers. An applicant for a headstone or marker that will mark the gravesite or burial site of an eligible deceased individual may be:
(i) A decedent's family member, which includes the decedent's spouse or individual who was in a legal union as defined in 38 CFR 3.1702(b)(1)(ii) with the decedent; a child, parent, or sibling of the decedent, whether biological, adopted, or step relation; and any lineal or collateral descendant of the decedent;
(iii) A representative of a Congressionally-chartered Veterans Service Organization;
(iv) An individual employed by the relevant state or local government whose official responsibilities include serving veterans and families of veterans, such as a state or county veterans service officer;
(v) Any individual who is responsible, under the laws of the relevant state or locality, for the disposition of the unclaimed remains of the decedent or for other matters relating to the interment or memorialization of the decedent; or
(vi) Any individual, if the dates of service of the veteran to be memorialized, or on whose service the eligibility of another individual for memorialization is based, ended prior to April 6, 1917.
(2)Applicant defined - memorial headstones and markers. An applicant for a memorial headstone or marker to commemorate an eligible individual must be a member of the decedent's family, which includes the decedent's spouse or individual who was in a legal union as defined in 38 CFR 3.1702(b)(1)(ii) with the decedent; a child, parent, or sibling of the decedent, whether biological, adopted, or step relation; and any lineal or collateral descendant of the decedent.
(b)Definitions. For purposes of part 38:
Appropriate State official means a State attorney general or other official with statewide responsibility for law enforcement or penal functions.
Clear and convincing evidence means that degree of proof which produces in the mind of the fact-finder a firm belief regarding the question at issue.
Convicted means a finding of guilt by a judgment or verdict or based on a plea of guilty, by a Federal or State criminal court.
Federal capital crime means an offense under Federal law for which a sentence of imprisonment for life or the death penalty may be imposed.
Interment means the burial of casketed remains or the placement or scattering of cremated remains.
Life imprisonment means a sentence of a Federal or State criminal court directing confinement in a penal institution for life.
Memorialization means any action taken to honor the memory of a deceased individual.
Personal representative means a family member or other individual who has identified himself or herself to the National Cemetery Administration as the person responsible for making decisions concerning the interment of the remains of or memorialization of a deceased individual.
State capital crime means, under State law, the willful, deliberate, or premeditated unlawful killing of another human being for which a sentence of imprisonment for life or the death penalty may be imposed.