S.2244 - Veterans Missing in America Act of 2012112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 03/28/2012)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||06/27/2012 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 112-668.|
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Summary: S.2244 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/28/2012)
Veterans Missing in America Act of 2012 - Recognizes the tireless work and dedication of the Missing in America Project, in conjunction with numerous veterans service organizations, in identifying unclaimed remains of veterans.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cooperate with such organizations to assist entities in possession of unclaimed or abandoned human remains in determining if any such remains are the remains of veterans or other individuals eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Requires the Secretary, upon a positive determination with respect to any such remains, to provide for and cover the cost of the burial and funeral expenses if the Secretary determines that: (1) there is no next of kin or other person claiming the remains, and (2) there are no other sufficient resources to cover such expenses.
Directs the Secretary to establish a publicly accessible database of the names of any veteran or other individual so identified.