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Bill on Veterans’ Unclaimed Cremated Remains Passes House Committee

Posted May 23, 2012

Thanks to the efforts of NFDA's staff in Washington, D.C., and all of you who were in our nation's capital for the 2012 NFDA Advocacy Summit, a bill that would require the Veterans Administration to assist in identifying veterans' unclaimed cremated remains held by funeral homes and qualifying them for proper burial or nterment in a VA cemetery with appropriate military funeral honors, was unanimously passed by the House Veterans Affairs Committee earlier this month.

The bill was then included as part of a larger omnibus veterans bill (H.R. 4072) sponsored by the House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL); the omnibus bill was subsequently passed out of committee as amended by a voice vote.

NFDA expects House floor action on H.R. 4072 later this year, most likely via the consent calendar, which merely requires a voice vote. If and when it passes, it will then be referred to the Senate where similar action is expected. No opposition to passing the bill is expected.

NFDA will keep you posted as the bill progresses through the legislative process. Clearly, this is a major step toward passing the bill this year!