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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress]
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[H.R. 3659 Introduced in House (IH)]






108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 3659

To amend title 38, United States Code, to enact into law eligibility of 
    certain Reservists and their dependents for burial in Arlington 
                           National Cemetery.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            December 8, 2003

  Mr. Smith of New Jersey (for himself, Mr. Evans, Mr. Brown of South 
 Carolina, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Miller of Florida, Ms. Carson of Indiana, 
    Ms. Berkley, Mr. Brown of Ohio, and Mr. Shimkus) introduced the 
   following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' 
                                Affairs

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                                 A BILL


 
To amend title 38, United States Code, to enact into law eligibility of 
    certain Reservists and their dependents for burial in Arlington 
                           National Cemetery.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as ``Reservists Burial Equity Act of 2003''.

SEC. 2. ELIGIBILITY OF CERTAIN PERSONS FOR BURIAL IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL 
              CEMETERY.

    (a) In General.--(1) Chapter 24 of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 2412. Arlington National Cemetery: eligibility of certain 
              persons for burial
    ``(a)(1) The remains of a member or former member of a reserve 
component of the Armed Forces who at the time of death was under 60 
years of age and who, but for age, would have been eligible at the time 
of death for retired pay under chapter 1223 of title 10 may be buried 
in Arlington National Cemetery on the same basis as the remains of 
members of the Armed Forces entitled to retired pay under that chapter.
    ``(2) The remains of the dependents of a member whose remains are 
permitted under paragraph (1) to be buried in Arlington National 
Cemetery may be buried in that cemetery on the same basis as dependents 
of members of the Armed Forces entitled to retired pay under such 
chapter 1223.
    ``(b)(1) The remains of a member of a reserve component of the 
Armed Forces who dies in the line of duty while performing active duty 
for training or inactive duty training may be buried in Arlington 
National Cemetery on the same basis as the remains of a member of the 
Armed Forces who dies while on active duty.
    ``(2) The remains of the dependents of a member whose remains are 
permitted under paragraph (1) to be buried in Arlington National 
Cemetery may be buried in that cemetery on the same basis as dependents 
of members on active duty.''.
    (2) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 24 of title 
38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following 
new item:

``2412. Arlington National Cemetery: eligibility of certain persons for 
                            burial.''.
    (b) Effective Date.--Section 2412 of title 38, United States Code, 
as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to interments 
occurring on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.
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