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H.R. 3656: To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a consistent eligibility date for provision of Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers for eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans whose remains are unavailable.

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3656, as amended, authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide a headstone or marker for non-veterans whose remains are unavailable and who die on or after November 11, 1998.

Under current law, the VA may provide, upon request, a memorial headstone for a deceased spouse or un-remarried surviving spouse of a veteran if the remains are not available. Subsequent laws have extended this benefit to certain dependent children and remarried survivors, but only those who died after 2006 and 2008, respectively. This inconsistency in dates leaves ...

Sponsor and status

Jim Banks

Sponsor. Representative for Indiana's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 7, 2017
Length: 2 pages

Aug 18, 2017


Passed House (Senate next) on Nov 6, 2017

This bill passed in the House on November 6, 2017 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


34% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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Aug 18, 2017

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Sep 13, 2017
Considered by Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Oct 12, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Nov 6, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 6, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 3656 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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