Target: Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla
Goal: Support the dignified burial of veterans with no families by authorizing casket and urn purchases.
World War II veteran Lawrence Davis Jr. died in 2004 and had no family to make arrangements for him, so the Florida National Cemetery buried him in the cardboard box his remains were sent in. Now Congress is outraged, and is discussing a new bill that would give cemeteries money to purchase caskets for any veteran with no loved ones to see to their funeral arrangements.
Many cemeteries do have arrangements for veterans who are buried without family present, such as special services to acknowledge those veterans’ deaths, but even a simple casket for each veteran would be too much money for a cemetery to pay. This new bill, the Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to review its burial standards and purchase caskets or urns for any veteran buried without family present. It would also institute a series of checks and balances to make sure that families are not purposely distancing themselves from a dying veteran in order to avoid paying for funeral arrangements. The two major supporters of the bill, both senators for Florida, where Davis’s grave was discovered, have even put aside their party differences to throw their support behind it.
It can’t be denied that veterans make a huge sacrifice for this country and our freedoms, and deserve more than to be buried in a cardboard box. By signing the petition below, you are urging the supporters of the bill to push it through Congress and get it passed as soon as possible, so that no more veterans go unnoticed.
Dear Senator Nelson,
After World War II veteran Lawrence Davis Jr. was found buried in a cardboard box, Congress began discussing a new bill that would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase caskets and urns for veterans who are buried without families or loved ones to see to their arrangements. Our veterans make supreme sacrifices for this country and our freedoms, and deserve more than to be buried in a cardboard box and forgotten.
I urge you to continue your support of the Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012, and to speak to your fellow Congressmen and get their support behind the bill as well. We need to give more dignity to the veterans of this country, and it starts by making sure they receive a proper burial regardless of their family or financial circumstances.
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