Text: H.R.1114 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/23/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1114


To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a process for determining whether a geographic area is sufficiently served by the national cemeteries located in that geographic area.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 23, 2009

Mr. Rehberg introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a process for determining whether a geographic area is sufficiently served by the national cemeteries located in that geographic area.

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

SECTION 1. Determination by Secretary of Veterans Affairs of whether a geographic area is served by national cemeteries located in that area.

(a) Process required.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish a process for determining whether a geographic area is sufficiently served by the national cemeteries located in that geographic area. Such process shall take into account each of the following:

(1) The number of veterans living in the geographic area.

(2) The average distance a resident of the geographic area must travel to reach the nearest national cemetery.

(3) The population density of the geographic area.

(4) The average amount of time it takes a resident of the geographic area to travel to the nearest national cemetery.

(5) The availability of public transportation for purposes of traveling to national cemeteries located in the geographic area.

(6) The average amount of any fees charged to an individual traveling on the major roads leading to the national cemeteries located in the geographic area.

(b) Consideration of alternatives.—In the case of a geographic area in which sufficient land is not available to the Secretary for the establishment of a cemetery, the Secretary shall consider alternatives to establishing a cemetery, including establishing a mausoleum.