H.R. 1424 would permit the display of individual memorials—known as Fallen Soldier displays—in any national cemetery operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Under the bill, VA would establish standards on the display of such memorials, which may include a replica of an inverted rifle, boots, helmets, and identification tags.
Under current law, the department can accept donations of such memorials, and the cost of maintaining them can be paid from appropriations for VA cemeteries. CBO expects that enacting the bill would result in the placement of a few additional memorials. Maintenance costs would total less than $500,000 over the 2020-2024 period, subject to the availability of appropriated funds.