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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.


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 6, 2017 (Passed the House).

Summary of this 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 …


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3656

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

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.

1.

Eligibility of veterans’ spouses and dependent children whose remains are unavailable for Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers

Section 2306(b)(2) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B), by striking The and inserting An individual who dies on or after November 11, 1998, who is the; and

(2)

in subparagraph (C), by striking An and inserting An individual who dies on or after November 11, 1998, who is an.

Passed the House of Representatives November 6, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.