Are flu shots available through the Department of Veterans Affairs?
Answer: They are available to registered veterans again this year. If you wish to utilize the VA to get your flu shot, please call 433-7676 or 433-0049 for the days they are being offered at the VA clinic.
Q: Is it possible to locate the grave site of a friend who I believe is buried in a VA national cemetery?
A: More than 3 million records showing where veterans have been buried in 120 VA national cemeteries are now available on line. The Web site -- at www.cem.va.gov -- is updated nightly with information on burials the previous day. The site displays the same information that visitors to national cemeteries find on kiosks or in written ledgers to locate grave sites: name, dates of birth and death, period of military service, branch of service and rank if known, the cemetery's location and phone number, plus the grave's precise location in the cemetery.
Some information, such as identification of the next of kin, will not be shown to the public for privacy reasons. Immediate family members with a government identification card may request to see the full record of a burial when they visit a national cemetery. For more information on the VA Cemetery system or the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, call 532-3720.
If you have questions about your benefits as a veteran, call Fred Ballard at the Veterans Affairs at 433-0049 or visit the VA Web site at www.va.gov/hawaii
or the Star-Bulletin at 529-4747.
Gregg K. Kakesako, who covers military affairs for the Star-Bulletin, can be reached by phone at 294-4075
or by e-mail at email@example.com