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A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assist in the identification of unclaimed and abandoned human remains to determine if any such remains are eligible... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Mar 28, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assist in the identification of unclaimed and abandoned human remains to determine if any such remains are eligible for burial in a national cemetery, 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. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Veterans Missing in America Act of 2012''.

SEC. 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

Congress recognizes the tireless work and dedication of the members of the Missing in America Project, in conjunction with numerous veterans service organizations, in identifying the unclaimed remains of veterans.

SEC. 3. IDENTIFICATION OF UNCLAIMED AND ABANDONED HUMAN REMAINS.

(a) Identification of Unclaimed or Abandoned Human Remains.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall cooperate with veterans service 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. (b) Burial of Unclaimed or Abandoned Human Remains.--If the Secretary determines that any unclaimed or abandoned human remains are the remains of a person who is eligible for burial in an open national cemetery under the control of the National Cemetery Administration under section 2402 of title 38, United States Code, the Secretary shall provide for the burial of the remains and cover the cost of the burial of the remains and the cost of preparing the remains and transporting them to the...

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Dear Senator Begich, On behalf of the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), we applaud and support your bill S. 2244, the Veterans Missing in America Act. Throughout the country, funeral homes and other entities have an unknown number of veterans’ ashes going unclaimed or abandoned due to no next of kin or no other available resources to pass along the remains. Furthermore, many of these veterans happen to have been homeless, another prevalent issue amongst veterans, with no one to claim their remains. This legislation would help coordination between VSO’s and the Department of Veterans Affairs along with other groups, like the Missing in America Project, to provide assistance in determining if unidentified or abandoned remains are those of a veteran eligible for burial at a National Cemetery. If remains are found, the VA would provide for their burial, while creating and utilizing a searchable database of veterans administered and maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thank you for taking an active role in such an important issue to the veteran community. Proper burial honors for our military veterans are the least we can do to thank them for their dedication and service. http://www.ausn.org/Community/Blogs/tabid/2167/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/15761/Letters-to-Senators-Mark-Begich-AK-and-Rob-Portman-OH-supporting-S-2244-the-Veterans-Missing-in-America-Act.aspx

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Bill Summary

A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assist in the identification of unclaimed and abandoned human remains to determine if any such remains are eligible for burial in a national cemetery, and for other purposes.

S. 2243the Medicare Better Health Rewards Program Act S. 2245the Preserve the Waters of the United States Act