Banks' latest bill would bring veterans' final resting places closer to home
This week, Third District Congressman Jim Banks of Columbia City introduced a bill that would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay for the transportation of a deceased veteran's remains to a state-owned or tribal-owned veterans cemetery. The VA is currently only authorized to transport such remains to a national veterans cemetery.
"These men and women stood ready to answer their country's call with their lives, and we should treat their deaths with dignity," said Banks. "If the VA is authorized to spend the money necessary to send a deceased veteran to a national cemetery, then it makes sense for it also to pay to send these heroes to a state-owned veterans cemetery closer to home. My legislation would also decrease the burden on distraught families of deceased veterans that may be forced to travel to a far-away internment in a national cemetery."