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Bill would require study of VA’s burial practices

Two Republicans have introduced legislation to shine light on the burial practices of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for unclaimed veterans’ remains.

The bill offered by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), would direct the VA to conduct a study on how it deals with unclaimed remains.

{mosads}About 47,000 veterans’ remains are still unclaimed, according to the Missing in America Project, a nonprofit that helps locate and inter unidentified veterans’ remains.

The study required by the legislation would focus on how remains are identified and interred, estimating the number of unclaimed remains, and any bureaucratic obstacles between the VA and veterans’ organizations to find the deceased soldier’s next of kin.

“The services and sacrifices of our veterans should never be forgotten,” Shuster said in a statement. “Each one of them should be treated with the proper respect they deserve, and Congress needs to act to address this clear problem.”

Toomey and Shuster previously introduced the bill in the last Congress, but it never received legislative action.

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