STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2016) — A House committee today passed a bill that would help honor veterans who have died without surviving family members.
The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously in support of Senate Bill 145, which was sponsored by State Rep. Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne).
SB 145, authored by Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), would allow funeral directors to turn over the unclaimed cremated remains of verified veterans to veterans’ service organizations to be placed in a state or national cemetery. It would also allow funeral directors to release information regarding the fallen soldier.
“Every veteran deserves respect and honor, and never is that more important than when we have lost one of our veterans,” Cox said. “Sometimes, these veterans no longer have surviving family members. This bill would create a path to ensure that the veteran receives a proper, dignified burial. It is a privilege to sponsor this bill in the House.”
The bill will now advance to the full House for further consideration.
Rep. Cox represents a portion of Allen County.