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H.R. 1552: Private Cemeteries Honoring Veterans in the Absence of Next of Kin Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 6, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1552

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 6, 2019

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

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Private Cemeteries Honoring Veterans in the Absence of Next of Kin Act.

2.

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:

(6)

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)

a headstone or marker for the grave of the deceased individual pursuant to paragraph (1); or

(B)

a medallion or other device to signify the deceased individual’s status as a veteran pursuant to paragraph (4).

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