LaMalfa Introduces Legislation to Honor Families of Veterans

Jul 18, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 6409, the Honoring Veterans’ Families Act, to allow the spouse of a veteran to be included on the veteran’s grave marker upon their death. Due to a flaw in current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs cannot include almost any information about the spouse of a veteran on a VA-provided tombstone.

LaMalfa said: “The families of veterans sacrifice a great deal while their loved ones are on deployment. Unfortunately, current law doesn’t allow a spouse to be recognized on a VA-provided grave marker. Veterans in the North State recognized this issue and I introduced legislation to correct it. Veterans should have the option of including their spouse on their own tombstone if they want to.”
Summary of legislation:
  • Upon request, the VA will replace the marker of a veteran to add an inscription about their spouse following the death of that spouse.
  • If the spouse passes before the veteran then, upon the death of the veteran, the marker furnished for the veteran’s grave will include an inscription about the spouse.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.