While communities throughout the state will be celebrating Memorial Day in their own ways, it is important that we remember the true meaning of the holiday: to honor our service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our nation.

Unfortunately, there are instances where Hoosier veterans pass away without living family members to make proper burial arrangements. To ensure these heroes receive a burial recognizing their commitment to our country, the General Assembly recently enacted a new law tasking the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs to work with veteran service organizations to establish a set of standards for the unclaimed remains of deceased veterans. Another new law will double the amount of money dedicated to funeral expenses for Indiana National Guard members who pass away in the line of duty.

There will never be enough that we can do to repay our veterans, but House Republicans are committed to continuing to find ways to show our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice to their country and all of us.