DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Steve Cohen

Sent By: craig.dulniak@mail.house.gov

Bill: H.R. 1633

Date: 3/25/2009

Allow our servicemembers to decide who makes their funeral arrangements

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From: The Honorable Steve Cohen

Sent By: craig.dulniak@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/25/2009

Co-Sponsor H.R. 1633 Honor the WISH Act

Co-sponsors: Duncan, Rohrabacher, Moore (WI), Watson, Massa, Schiff, Sestak

Dear Colleague:

Current law prohibits our servicemembers from allowing them to designate non-relatives to make arrangements for directing disposition of their remains. Someone who puts their life on the line in defense of our country should be able to allow whomever they wish to make arrangements for their memorial services.

Members of the Armed Services fill out a DD93 Form to designate who will direct disposition of the member’s remains if they die in active duty. However, current law only allows them to designate a spouse, blood relatives or adoptive parents. Some of our servicemembers would prefer someone who does not fall into these categories to bear that responsibility, but are prohibited by federal law to do so.

Instances have arisen where a non-relative has been written on the form, but the Department of Defense, by law, cannot allow them to direct disposition.

Please join us in honoring the Written Intent of our Soldier Heroes by co-sponsoring the Honor the WISH Act, which would give priority for disposition to the person identified on the DD93 form.

If you would like to co-sponsor this legislation, or have any questions, please contact me or Craig

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Dulniak in Congressman Cohen’s office at 5-3265 or craig.dulniak@mail.house.gov <mailto:craig.dulniak@mail.house.gov?subject=RE:%20Honor%20the%20WISH> .

Sincerely,

/s /s /s

Steve Cohen John Duncan Dana Rohrabacher

Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress