2017 Arkansas Code
Title 20 - Public Health and Welfare
Subtitle 2 - Health and Safety
Chapter 17 - Death and Disposition of the Dead
Subchapter 14 - Missing in America Project Act
§ 20-17-1405. Verification that unclaimed remains are a veteran's -- Veteran status unknown at the time of final disposition of the body

Universal Citation: AR Code § 20-17-1405 (2017)
  • A funeral establishment that is also the authorizing agent that determines the final disposition of the remains of a decedent and directs that the body of the decedent be cremated:
    • (1) Shall place the cremated remains in a container marked with the proper identification of the decedent;
    • (2) Shall store the cremated remains for five (5) days from the date of cremation;
    • (3) May share identifying information of the decedent with a veterans service organization or the Department of Veterans' Affairs or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to:
      • (A) Determine whether the decedent was a veteran; and
      • (B) Verify that the decedent is entitled to veteran interment benefits; and
    • (4) (A) May dispose of the cremated remains after five (5) days from the date of cremation if the cremated remains are not relinquished to:
      • (i) A veterans service organization;
      • (ii) The state or federal department of veterans affairs; or
      • (iii) The next of kin of the decedent.
        • (B) The disposal of the remains of the decedent must comply with the public health and welfare laws of the State of Arkansas.
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