Sending Office: Honorable J. Luis Correa
Please join me as an original cosponsor of the Veteran Family Burial Benefits Act to address the ability of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to bury an active-duty servicemember’s loved ones if they pass away before the servicemember.
Currently, spouses and dependent children of active-duty servicemembers may be buried in a VA national cemetery if predeceased by the servicemember. If the spouse or dependent child passes away before the servicemember, then, as currently stated, the law
does not authorize the burial of the spouse or dependent child.
Since becoming aware of this gap in their burial authority, the National Cemetery Administration has been processing requests for burial of spouses and eligible dependent children of active duty servicemembers in a VA national cemetery on case-by-case basis,
using a designation of discretionary authority.
My legislation would allow active duty servicemembers to bury their spouse or eligible dependent child in a VA national 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. The bill would also provide VA
with the authority to furnish headstones and markers for spouses and eligible dependent children. Finally, the language will allow state and tribal veterans cemeteries to provide this benefit in the same manner as VA national cemeteries.
If you have any questions, or would like to sign on as an original cosponsor of the bill, please contact Emilio Mendez in my office at
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