Allowing qualified veterans’ organizations to receive and bury the unclaimed cremated remains – referred to as cremains – of eligible spouses and dependents of veterans, legislation (A-2244) unanimously passed the full Senate on Thursday, after having previously passed the full Assembly by a unanimous vote.
Upon the bill’s passage, sponsors Carol Murphy and Cleopatra Tucker issued the following statements:
“When a soldier goes off to war, family members endure long absences and often fear for their loved one’s safety as they await their return,” said Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington). “This bill recognizes their sacrifices and ensures their cremains will be accessible to those who want to help facilitate a proper burial as done with veterans.”
“No one’s cremains should be left unclaimed in a funeral home, especially those of a family member who showed unconditional love and support to a veteran during their lifetime,” said Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex). “Their dedication deserves acknowledgement, which is why this legislation would allow eligible spouses and children to be buried in or transferred to veterans’ memorial cemeteries.”