Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) to aid and honor deceased military members and their families has passed the New Jersey Senate.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer and Sen. Kristin Corrado to aid and honor deceased military members and their families has passed the Senate. (Flickr)
“All veterans and their families deserve to be laid to rest with dignity,” Singer said. “Knowing that there are unclaimed remains of deceased veterans, their spouses, and their dependents sitting in funeral homes or being buried without honor is heartbreaking. This legislation would ensure the remains of veterans’ loved ones can be claimed by a qualifying veteran’s organization, so they can receive the proper burial they deserve.”
S-2601 would expand the eligibility of unclaimed veterans’ spouses and their dependents to be laid to rest in local, state, or national veterans’ memorial cemeteries.
Under the bill, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would be responsible for reimbursement of the purchase of a casket or urn used to inter a deceased, unclaimed veteran in a VA national cemetery or a VA-funded State or Tribal Veterans’ cemetery, if the veteran died with no identifiable next of kin and insufficient resources to pay for a casket or urn.
Similar programs have already been successfully launched in a number of states, including Florida, Arizona, North Dakota, and Idaho.
“Memorials for members of the military, and their loved ones, should be celebrations of life that honor the sacrifices these families made on behalf of all American families,” Corrado added. “Those who devoted their life to protecting our country should never be forgotten. Ensuring close family members of veterans are buried in a dignified manner is the least we can do.”
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