2019 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
§ 20-17-1404. Authority to Cremate Unclaimed Remains - Retention of the Remains

Universal Citation: AR Code § 20-17-1404 (2019)
  • (a) An authorizing agent may authorize the cremation of an unclaimed deceased veteran's body.

  • (b) A funeral establishment that accepts the unclaimed remains of a veteran:

    • (1) Shall place the cremated remains in a container marked with the proper identification of the decedent;

    • (2)

      • (A) Shall retain or arrange for the retention of the cremated remains until they are relinquished to:

        • (i) A veterans service organization;

        • (ii) The Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; or

        • (iii) The authorizing agent.

    • (B) The veterans service organization or Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs must certify that the deceased veteran:

      • (i) Is entitled to interment benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; and

      • (ii) Will be provided a dignified and honorable funeral at a veterans cemetery; and

    • (3)

      • (A) May dispose of the cremated remains in a manner permitted by law after five (5) days from the date of cremation if the cremated remains are not relinquished to a person as provided in subdivision (b)(2) of this section.

      • (B) The disposal of the remains must comply with the public health and welfare laws of the State of Arkansas.

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