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Veterans Fiduciary Reform and Honoring Noble Service Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. STIVERS. I'd like to thank the gentleman for yielding.

As a Member of Congress and a serviceman, I was as shocked as everyone else by the stories coming out late last year about Dover Air Force Base mortuary sending cremated unidentified remains to the Prince George's landfill. It's a terrible injustice to our servicemembers, and it can't be allowed to happen again.

While unidentified partial remains are now cremated and buried at sea, I believe we should not leave those heroes behind. My bill that became section 3 of H.R. 5948 creates a place of remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery for each conflict moving forward and ensures the remains of those who served and gave their lives have a final resting place that's deserving and worthy of their dedication and devotion.

I'd like to thank the chairman, and I'd like to thank the gentleman from Minnesota (Mr. Walz), and the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Runyan) for their help and assistance on the bill.

I would ask my colleagues to support H.R. 5948 and help ensure that there's a place of remembrance for those who've given their final measure of devotion, especially if their remains are unidentified, and make sure we send their remains to a place worthy of their dedication and commitment and devotion.


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