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S. 646 (116th): Full Military Honors Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

The ceremony includes a military band, horse-drawn carriage, and up to 70 uniformed personnel.

Context

Any current or retired military member, except those who were dishonorably discharged, are eligible for a military funeral. The highest level of funeral is called “full military honors,” a ceremony which includes a military band, horse-drawn carriage, and up to 70 personnel. (The minimum personnel for a regular military funeral is two people.)

Under current law, a full military honors funeral is only eligible for members killed in combat and senior officers.

What the legislation does

The Full Military Honors Act would also allow Medal of Honor recipients and prisoners of war to obtain a ...


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 646

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 5, 2019

(for himself, Ms. Hassan, and Ms. Warren) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to require a full military honors ceremony for certain deceased veterans, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Full Military Honors Act of 2019.

2.

Full military honors ceremony for certain veterans

Section 1491(b) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(3)

The Secretary concerned shall provide full military honors (as determined by the Secretary concerned) for the funeral of a veteran who—

(A)

is first interred or first inurned in Arlington National Cemetery on or after the date of the enactment of the Full Military Honors Act of 2019;

(B)

was awarded the medal of honor or the prisoner-of-war medal; and

(C)

is not entitled to full military honors by the grade of that veteran.

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