WASHINGTON — It is humbling to see total strangers attend the funerals of veterans’ who don't have any family, but lawmakers are going the extra mile to avoid that problem altogether: Congress just passed a law allowing dying veterans to pick someone to be buried with them.
Wow! How patriotic!
In a closed session of Congress last week, Republicans and Democrats put their bipartisan bickering aside to pass the Veterans Benevolence and Ethereal Transition Act. The bill, introduced by US Congressman and former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw, will create a lottery system for Americans of any age, sex, or ethnicity to be selected at random to repay "the ultimate sacrifice" to a veteran who would otherwise die completely alone.
Because the bill passed with a veto-proof majority, Trump's signature is only a formality, meaning veterans may be allowed to opt for a burial battle buddy as early as next year.
"We can't think of a better way to honor our heroes than by making sure they have someone with them when they pass on to Valhalla," said Crenshaw, who added that the rewards were twofold.
"The short term benefit is a funeral filled with the grieving family members of the person selected, but this law also ensures those same people will visit the veteran's grave for years to come."
Benefits for the lucky civilians include being buried or cremated with full military honors, a limited-edition American flag pin, and the satisfaction of knowing that, right up until you watch that coffin door close, you were able to give back to those who gave so much.
It will be so nice to know that the lonely veteran lying next to you in their cold, dark, eternal slumber will get the thanks they deserve in death!
God Bless America!