To direct the American Battle Monuments Commission to provide for the ongoing maintenance of Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Republic of the Philippines, 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 ``Remembering America's Forgotten Veterans Cemetery Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings: (1) Clark Veterans Cemetery, located in the Republic of the Philippines, contains the remains of more than 8,300 members of the United States Armed Forces and their dependents. (2) In 1991, following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, the Air Force evacuated Clark Air Force Base ending more than 90 years of custodianship of Clark Veterans Cemetery and its predecessor cemeteries by the United States Government. (3) From 1991 until 1994, Clark Veterans Cemetery, already covered by a layer of volcanic ash, deteriorated further as plant life overtook what remained of many graves and monuments, failing to give the members of the Armed Forces and veterans interred at Clark Veterans Cemetery the honorable resting place their brave service deserves. (4) Since 1994, volunteers have attempted to maintain Clark Veterans Cemetery without assistance from the United States Government. (5) The mission of the American Battle Monuments Commission is ``designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries''. (6) Subsection (a) of section 2102 of title 36, United States Code, provides the Commission with the authority to...