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H.R. 3657 (115th): To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain burial benefits for spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries, and for other purposes.

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


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Union Calendar No. 285

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3657

[Report No. 115–388]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 18, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

November 6, 2017

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on August 18, 2017


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide headstones and markers for the graves of spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries.


1.

Eligibility of spouses and children of veterans buried in tribal cemeteries for certain Department of Veterans Affairs burial benefits

Section 2306 of title 38, United States Code is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(4), by inserting or a veterans’ cemetery owned by a tribal organization or on tribal land owned by or held in trust by a tribal organization after State;

(2)

in subsection (b)(1), by inserting , a veterans’ cemetery of a tribal organization or on tribal land owned by or held in trust by a tribal organization after owned by a State; and

(3)

in subsection (f)—

(A)

by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively;

(B)

by striking The Secretary and inserting (1) The Secretary;

(C)

by striking a national cemetery or in a veterans cemetery of a State or tribal organization for which the Department has provided a grant under section 2408 of this title and inserting a covered cemetery; and

(D)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

The term covered cemetery means any of the following:

(A)

A national cemetery.

(B)

A veterans’ cemetery of a State for which the Department has provided a grant under section 2408 of this title.

(C)

A veterans’ cemetery of a tribal organization or on tribal land owned by or held in trust by a tribal organization for which the Department has provided a grant under such section.

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Amend the title so as to read: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain burial benefits for spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries, and for other purposes..

November 6, 2017

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed