Tipton Introduces Legislation to Honor WWI Veterans with Grave Markers
WASHINGTON D.C. – In commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (WWI), Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) has introduced a bill (H.R. 4565) directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to furnish headstones or markers to private cemeteries for graves for certain WWI veterans if the cemeteries apply for them.
Under current law, private cemeteries cannot directly apply to the VA for a headstone or marker, rather the law only allows a veteran’s next-of-kin to submit the application. The law has created barriers to honoring WWI veterans, as it is often difficult to identify the next of kin for deceased WWI veterans.
H.R. 4565 would remedy the challenges created under current law, allowing private cemeteries to directly apply to the VA for a headstone or marker for a World War I veteran if the Secretary of the VA is unable to identify any next of kin of the deceased veteran.
Of this legislation, Tipton said, “In my district, a private cemetery has identified multiple WWI veteran graves that unfortunately do not have veteran markings, and the cemetery was unable to obtain those markers to honor the individuals who have been laid there to rest. This does not sit well with me. Our nation’s heroes deserve to be treated in death with the same amount of respect and honor that they earned in life, which is why I was proud to introduce this legislation and I look forward to seeing it passed out of the House soon.”
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