Resolutions to increase veterans’ interment allowance approved

The Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved both ACR144 and SCR129 Thursday, which urge Congress to increase the federal plot or interment allowance  to cover a state’s full cost to bury a veteran and making veterans’ spouses and dependent children eligible for the allowance.

Although the Secretary of Veterans Affairs is authorized to pay an interment allowance at no cost to a family, the maximum payout is $300, and the average cost to the state of New Jersey to have a veteran buried  at the William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery is $1,100.

That shortfall cost the state $2.5 million in 2009, according to the bill whose prime sponsors in the Senate are committee members James Beach, (D-6), Cherry Hill, and Christopher Connors, (R-9), Forked River.

The resolutions call on Congress to pass legislation increasing the plot allowance.

Resolutions to increase veterans’ interment allowance approved