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Union Calendar No. 138

116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2385

[Report No. 116–179]


To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 29, 2019

Mr. Lamb introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

July 24, 2019

Additional sponsor: Mr. Fitzpatrick

July 24, 2019

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]

[For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on April 29, 2019]


A BILL

To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program.

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

SECTION 1. Grants for cemetery research and the production of educational materials.

(a) Grants authorized.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program.

(2) ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS.—The Secretary may award a grant under this section to any of the following entities:

(A) An institution of higher learning.

(B) A local education agency.

(C) A non-profit entity that the Secretary determines has a demonstrated history of community engagement.

(D) Another recipient the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

(3) USE OF FUNDS.—A recipient of a grant under this section may use the grant amount to—

(A) conduct research related to national, State, or Tribal veterans’ cemeteries;

(B) produce education materials that teach about the history of veterans interred in national, State, or Tribal veterans’ cemeteries; and

(C) promote community engagement with the histories of veterans interred in national, State, or Tribal veterans’ cemeteries.

(4) MAXIMUM AMOUNT.—A grant awarded under this section may not exceed $500,000.

(b) Regulations.—If the Secretary establishes a grant program under this section, the Secretary shall prescribe regulations regarding—

(1) the evaluation of applications for grants under the program; and

(2) administration of the program.

(c) Report required.—Not later than two years after the Secretary establishes a grant program under this section, the Secretary shall submit to the committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report regarding the determination of the Secretary whether the grant program is a financially effective means to promote the purposes in subsection (a)(3).

(d) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) The term “Veterans Legacy Program” means the program of the National Cemetery Administration that is responsible for providing engagement and educational tools and opportunities to the public regarding the service and sacrifice of veterans interred in national, State, or Tribal veterans’ cemeteries.

(2) The term “institution of higher learning” has the meaning given that term in section 3452(f) of title 38, United States Code.

(3) The term “local educational agency” has the meaning given that term in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).


Union Calendar No. 138

116th CONGRESS
     1st Session
H. R. 2385
[Report No. 116–179]

A BILL
To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program.

July 24, 2019
Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed