H.R. 3657, as amended, would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide headstones and markers to eligible spouses and dependents who are interred in tribal veterans’ cemeteries.
Under current law, the VA may provide, upon request, markers or headstones for the graves of spouses, surviving spouses, and dependent children of veterans who are interred in national cemeteries or state veterans’ cemeteries. H.R. 3657, as amended, would extend this benefit to eligible dependents interred in a tribal veterans’ cemetery.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Nov 6, 2017.
(Sec. 1) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), upon request, to provide headstones and markers for the unmarked graves of spouses (including surviving spouses) and children (including unmarried adult children at the VA's discretion) of veterans who are buried in a tribally-owned veterans cemetery or on tribal land owned by or held in trust by a tribal organization.