Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) introduced the Veterans Dignified Burial Act, H.R. 3278, legislation spurred by reports of improperly handled veterans’ remains at the Los Angeles County mortuary.
“The improper treatment of veterans after their passing is deeply troubling and the result of easily fixable loopholes in VA procedures,” said Rep. Royce. “I look forward to advancing this critical bill to ensure our veterans receive the best possible treatment as they are laid to rest.”
The bill calls for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to follow up on pending burials 30 days after a body has been identified as a veteran, which prevents the extended burial waiting times that have plagued the Los Angeles County mortuary and others throughout the country. It also requires the VA to submit an annual report to Congress on deceased veterans who were interred after the 30 day reporting period in an effort to provide lawmakers with a better understanding of the scope of this problem.
Last year, Rep. Royce and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) wrote former VA Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro regarding the improperly handled bodies. The letter asked for a …read more
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