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Roe Supports Bill to Help Veterans Pay for Burial Receptacle at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery

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Washington, May 7, 2018 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after speaking on the House floor in support of H.R. 4910, the Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act. This bill will require the U.S. Department of Interior to provide an outer burial receptacle for each new grave of eligible veterans and family members interred in a veterans cemetery under the control of the National Park Service, and includes the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery in Greeneville, Tennessee.

“I’ve made it my commitment to ensure our nation’s heroes receive the honor and respect they deserve for their sacrifice to our country. Veterans and their family members who choose to be buried in Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, or any other National Park Service cemetery, should receive the same benefits as those who are buried in VA cemeteries. The Andrew Johnson National Cemetery has a fascinating history and provides a final resting place for veterans who served our nation since the Civil War. I’m proud this bill will allow veterans and their families to be able to choose the closest national cemetery for burial at no cost.”

Note: On March, 1, 2018, S. 2372 was introduced by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Isakson and passed the Senate by unanimous consent.

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