This bill would revise eligibility rules for burials in national cemeteries to allow the interment of the spouse or children of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who was serving on active duty (or any other condition other than dishonorable condition) at the time of the spouse's or child's death. . The spouse, minor child, and unmarried adult child (at the discretion of the VA) could be buried in any open national cemetery currently overseen by the National Cemetery Administration. Under current law such burials in national cemeteries are only available to a servicemember’s family if the soldier dies before the spouse or child.
What is House Bill H.R. 4335?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4335
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) introduced this bill to ensure that the VA has the authority to bury a servicemember’s spouse or children in a national cemetery if they die before the servicemember:
“My legislation would allow active duty servicemembers to bury their spouse or eligible dependent child in a VA cemetery. The bill would authorize VA to inter in a VA national cemetery the spouse and eligible dependent child of an active duty servicemember at the time of the spouse’s or child’s death. This would eliminate the need for review by the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs for each burial request of a deceased spouse and dependent child of active duty servicemembers.”
This bill was reported favorably from the House Veterans Affairs’ subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs and has the support of one cosponsor, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO).
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Servicemember Family Burial Act
To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for headstones and markers for, and interment in national cemeteries of, deceased spouses and dependent children of members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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- The house Passed May 7th, 2018Roll Call Vote 389 Yea / 0 Nay
Disability Assistance and Memorial AffairsCommittee on Veterans' AffairsIntroducedNovember 9th, 2017
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