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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 Mar 6, 2018 (Passed Congress).

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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One Hundred Fifteenth Congress of the United States of America

At the Second Session

H. R. 3656

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.

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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.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.