Text: H.R.5499 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/25/2006)


109th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5499


To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand and make permanent the Department of Veterans Affairs benefit for Government markers for marked graves of veterans buried in private cemeteries, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 25, 2006

Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand and make permanent the Department of Veterans Affairs benefit for Government markers for marked graves of veterans buried in private cemeteries, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. Permanence and expansion of Department of Veterans Affairs benefit for Government markers for marked graves of veterans buried in private cemeteries.

(a) Permanency of program.—Subsection (d) of section 2306 of title 38, United States Code is amended by striking paragraphs (3) and (4).

(b) Expansion of benefit.—Such subsection, as amended by subsection (a), is further amended—

(1) by striking “marker” each place it appears and inserting “headstone or marker”;

(2) in paragraph (2), by inserting “or to a representative of such cemetery” after “located”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph (3):

“(3) In the case of a grave for which a headstone or marker is requested that is marked by a headstone or marker furnished at private expense, the Government headstone or marker may be furnished if the individual making the request for the Government headstone or marker certifies to the Secretary that the headstone or marker will be placed as close as practicable to that grave.”.

(c) Application of Government marker benefit to veterans dying on or after November 1, 1990.—Subsection (d) of section 502 of the Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act of 2001 (Public Law 107–103; 38 U.S.C. 2306 note) is amended by striking “September 11, 2001” and inserting “November 1, 1990”.