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Veterans' Burial Benefits Act of 1987

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Ms Boxer introduces with thanks to Mr Benjamin

 

A BILL

 

To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend eligibility for burial allowance to certain additional veterans and to increase the burial plot allowance for veterans from $150 to $750.

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the `Veterans' Burial Benefits Act of 1987'.

 

SEC. 2. ELIGIBILITY FOR BURIAL ALLOWANCE.

  Subsection (a) of section 902 of title 38, United States Code, is amended

  to read as follows:

  `(a) Where a veteran dies--

  `(1) of a service-connected disability; or

  `(2) who was--

  `(A) a veteran of any war;

  `(B) discharged from the active military, naval, or air service for a

  disability incurred or aggravated in line of duty; or

  `(C) in receipt of (or but for the receipt of retirement pay would have

  been entitled to) disability compensation;

the Administrator, in the Administrator's discretion, having due regard to the circumstances in each case, may pay a sum not exceeding $400 to such person as the Administrator prescribes to cover the burial and funeral expenses of the deceased veteran and the expense of preparing the body and transporting it to the place of burial. For the purpose of this subsection, the term `veteran' includes a person who died during a period deemed to be active military, naval, or air service under section 106(c) of this title.'.

 

SEC. 3. INCREASE IN THE BURIAL PLOT ALLOWANCE.

  Paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 903(b) of title 38, United States Code, are amended by striking out `$150' each place it appears and inserting in  lieu thereof `$750'.

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