(NASHVILLE, TN), September 23, 2011 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) said today he is pleased with federal action to increase the plot allowance for veterans set to take effect next month. Yager, who is Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee which oversees state veteran’s affairs, was informed of the change by Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder.
The change allows the state to also increase the fee for burial of qualified dependents concurrently in order to make needed improvements to Tennessee State Veteran Cemeteries.
“The additional money allows the state to utilize those dollars to maintain our cemeteries in a way that is fitting to honor those who fought for our freedoms,” said Senator Yager. “These dollars are needed badly in order to make these cemeteries the “field of honor” that our veterans so richly deserve.”
Currently, there is a monetary allowance, not exceeding $300, toward plot or interment expenses for eligible veterans not buried in the National Cemetery. This plot allowance will increase as of October 1, 2011 from $300 to $700 toward plot or interment expenses for eligible veterans not buried in the National Cemetery. The burial allowance (38 USC, Sec 2303(a)) applies to eligible veterans who die on or after October 1, 2011.