In-Depth: This legislation came about because a constituent of sponsoring Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) wanted to obtain a memorial headstone
from the VA for her great, great uncle, Private Samuel Zortman who died
in captivity during the Civil War in a Confederate prison. Pvt. Zortman
was buried in a mass grave, which was later excavated and interred at
South Carolina’s Beaufort National Cemetery, so Pam Rogers, his
relative, wanted to see him laid to rest with proper recognition.
her and Rep. Guinta’s attempts to apply for a headstone for Pvt.
Zortman, their applications were denied by the VA. That prompted Rep.
Guinta to introduce this bill to change the law to allow deceased
soldiers who were buried under similar circumstances to receive headstones from the VA:
bill clears up the language, so POW’s like Private Zortman receive
proper burial. Our commitment to those who have bravely served should
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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