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S. 2248: 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.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2018 (Passed the Senate).


115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2248

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

AN ACT

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.

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 land owned by or held in trust for a tribal organization after State;

(2)

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

(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 land owned by or held in trust for a tribal organization for which the Department has provided a grant under subsection (f) of such section.

; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(i)

In this section, the term tribal organization has the meaning given such term in section 3765 of this title.

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Passed the Senate March 1, 2018.

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