H. R. 1552
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 6, 2019
Mr. Tipton introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish headstones or markers to private cemeteries for graves of certain veterans without next of kin.
This Act may be cited as the
Private Cemeteries Honoring Veterans in the Absence of Next of Kin Act.
Requests by private cemeteries for headstones or markers for graves of certain veterans
Section 2306(d) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
If the Secretary is unable to identify any next of kin of a deceased individual covered by this subsection, a private cemetery may request the Secretary to furnish—
a headstone or marker for the grave of the deceased individual pursuant to paragraph (1); or
a medallion or other device to signify the deceased individual’s status as a veteran pursuant to paragraph (4).