Tipton Introduces Bill to Ensure Deceased Veterans Receive Recognition
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced legislation that would allow private cemeteries to request and receive headstones or markers for certain veterans. Current federal law only allows for a veteran’s next-of-kin to request these types of markers for a deceased veteran.
Tipton’s bill, the Private Cemeteries Honoring Veterans in Absence of Next of Kin Act (H.R. 1552), allows private cemeteries to request headstones, grave markers, medallions, or any other devices directly through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) should they not be able to identify and connect with the veteran’s next-of-kin.
“Colorado is home to many veterans dating back to the Civil War and our nation’s heroes deserve the same honors in death as they do in life,” said Tipton. “Not having a next-of-kin should not prevent a veteran from receiving recognition for their service.”
Tipton introduced a similar bill in the 115th Congress which remedied barriers for WWI veterans exclusively. H.R. 1552 has been expanded to include all deceased veterans.