Currently, veterans in Georgia who want to be buried in Andersonville National Cemetery have an added expense. That would change under a bill introduced Monday by Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson and Georgia Congressman Austin Scott.
Current law requires the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide an outer burial receptacle to a veteran buried in a national cemetery under the control of the National Cemetery Administration, a branch of the VA. The dilemma exists because Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Ga. is actually under the control of the National Park Service, and these cemeteries are not currently covered by this statute. Neither the VA nor the National Park Service is able provide this benefit for veterans buried in those cemeteries.
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