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S. 554: Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 26, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 554


February 26, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Sullivan) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take actions necessary to ensure that certain individuals may update the burn pit registry with the cause of death of a registered individual, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act.


Updates of burn pit registry established and maintained by Department of Veterans Affairs


Individuals eligible To update


In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall take actions necessary to ensure that the burn pit registry may be updated with the cause of death of a deceased registered individual by—


an individual designated by such deceased registered individual; or


if no such individual is designated, an immediate family member of such deceased registered individual.



The Secretary shall provide, with respect to the burn pit registry, a process by which a registered individual may make a designation for purposes of paragraph (1)(A).



In this section:


The term burn pit registry means the registry established under section 201 of the Dignified Burial and Other Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2012 (Public Law 112–260; 38 U.S.C. 527 note).


The term immediate family member, with respect to a deceased individual, means—


the spouse, parent, brother, sister, or adult child of the individual;


an adult person to whom the individual stands in loco parentis; or


any other adult person—


living in the household of the individual at the time of the death of the individual; and


related to the individual by blood or marriage.


The term registered individual means an individual registered with the burn pit registry.