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H.R. 6420 (115th): To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program.

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6420

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 18, 2018

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

A BILL

To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program.

1.

Grants for cemetery research and the production of educational materials

(a)

Grants authorized

(1)

In general

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program.

(2)

Eligible recipients

The Secretary may award a grant under this section to any of the following entities:

(A)

An institution of higher learning.

(B)

A local education agency.

(C)

A non-profit entity that the Secretary determines has a demonstrated history of community engagement.

(D)

Another recipient the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

(3)

Use of funds

A recipient of a grant under this section may use the grant amount to—

(A)

conduct research related to national, State, or Tribal veterans’ cemeteries;

(B)

produce education materials that teach about the history of veterans interred in national, State, or Tribal veterans’ cemeteries; and

(C)

promote community engagement with the histories of veterans interred in national, State, or Tribal veterans’ cemeteries.

(4)

Maximum amount

A grant awarded under this section may not exceed $500,000.

(b)

Regulations

If the Secretary establishes a grant program under this section, the Secretary shall prescribe regulations regarding—

(1)

the evaluation of applications for grants under the program; and

(2)

administration of the program.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The term Veterans Legacy Program means the program of the National Cemetery Administration that is responsible for providing engagement and educational tools and opportunities to the public regarding the service and sacrifice of veterans interred in national, State, or Tribal veterans’ cemeteries.

(2)

The term institution of higher learning has the meaning given that term in section 3452(f) of title 38, United States Code.

(3)

The term local educational agency has the meaning given that term in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).