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H.R. 3656 (115th): 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 certain surviving spouses of veterans eligible for a headstone or marker, while their children are not. This bill would extend this benefit to all eligible beneficiaries who died on or after November 11, 1998.

Sponsor and status

Jim Banks

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

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Last Updated: Mar 6, 2018
Length: 1 page
Aug 18, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 16, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 16, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-136

1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Aug 18, 2017

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Sep 13, 2017
Considered by Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

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Oct 12, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Nov 6, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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

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Mar 1, 2018
Passed Senate

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Mar 16, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

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H.R. 3656 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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