Roe: Veterans Are Now Able to Choose Burial Receptacle at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Trump signed H.R. 4910, the Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act, into law on Friday, June 15, 2018. This law 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 an open veterans cemetery administered by the National Park Service, and includes the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery in Greeneville, Tennessee.
“As chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, it is my duty to honor and support those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Under this new law, veterans and their family members who choose to be buried in Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, or any other open National Park Service cemetery, are able to receive the same benefits as those who are buried in VA cemeteries. This is great news for our veterans and their family members as they will now be able to choose the closest national cemetery for burial at no cost. I commend President Trump and Senators Isakson and Tester for their continued dedication and support to our nation’s heroes.”Background: On March, 1, 2018, S. 2372 was introduced by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Isakson and passed the Senate by unanimous consent. On May 7, 2018, the House passed H.R. 4910, and on May 24, 2018, the Senate passed this bill as well.