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Title 38: Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief
§12.1 Designee cases; competent veterans.
(a) Each competent veteran now being cared for or who is hereafter admitted to receive care as such at a Department of Veterans Affairs field facility, unless it be detrimental to his or her health, will be requested and encouraged to designate on the prescribed VA Form 10-P-10, Application for Hospital Treatment or Domiciliary Care, the person to whom he or she desires the Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver his or her funds and effects in event of death. He or she may also designate an alternate to whom delivery will be made if the first designee fails or refuses to accept delivery. It should be clearly understood that the delivery of such funds or effects will constitute only a delivery of possession thereof, and such delivery is not intended to affect in any manner the title to such funds or effects or determine the person ultimately entitled to receive same from the person to whom delivery is made (hereinafter in the regulations in this part termed the designee). The person designated may not be an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs unless such employee be the wife (or husband), child, grandchild, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, or sister of the veteran. The veteran may in writing change or revoke such designation at any time. If a veteran becomes incompetent, any designation previously made will become inoperative with respect to those funds deposited by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Personal Funds of Patients which were derived from gratuitous benefits under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The guardian may change or revoke the existing designation with respect to personal effects and funds derived from other sources.
(b) Veterans will be encouraged to place in the custody of their relatives articles of little or no utility value to them during their period of care at a Department of Veterans Affairs field facility, and to retain in their possession only such funds and effects as are actually required and necessary for their immediate convenience.
[13 FR 7128, Nov. 27, 1948, as amended at 25 FR 1612, Feb. 25, 1960]