Burial Equity for Guards and Reserves Act of 2021
This bill prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from establishing a condition for a cemetery grant that restricts the ability of a state to inter certain reservists (or their spouses and children) at a state-owned veterans' cemetery solely because such individuals are ineligible for burial in an open national cemetery.
Specifically, as a condition for grants, the VA cannot restrict the ability of a state to inter a
The VA is prohibited from (1) denying an application for a grant solely on the basis that the recipient state may use funds to expand, improve, operate, or maintain a veterans' cemetery to allow for the internment of the specified individuals; and (2) enforcing certain conditions on grants for state veterans' cemeteries that were established before the date of enactment of this bill.
The bill also provides for plot allowances for the burial of veterans at cemeteries that allow the internment of the individuals listed in the bill.