2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 45. Veterans' affairs, benefits and memorials.
45.61 Wisconsin veterans cemeteries.

45.61

45.61 Wisconsin veterans cemeteries.

45.61(1)

(1) Construction and operation of cemeteries. Subject to authorization under ss. 13.48 (10) and 20.924 (1), the department may construct and operate veterans cemeteries in central, northwestern, and southeastern Wisconsin and may employ any personnel that are necessary for the proper management of the cemeteries. The cemetery in central Wisconsin is the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery in southeastern Wisconsin is the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery in northwestern Wisconsin is the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The department may acquire, by gift, purchase, or condemnation, lands necessary for the purposes of the cemeteries. Title to the properties shall be taken in the name of this state. Every deed of conveyance shall be immediately recorded in the office of the proper register of deeds and thereafter filed with the secretary of state. The department may accept for the state all gifts, grants, and bequests for the purposes of maintenance, restoration, preservation, and rehabilitation of the veterans cemeteries constructed under this subsection. All cemeteries operated by the department are exempt from the requirements of ss. 157.061 to 157.70 and 440.90 to 440.95.

45.61(2)

(2) Eligibility. The following persons are eligible for burial at a cemetery constructed and operated under sub. (1):

45.61(2)(a)

(a) A person who died while on active duty or who was discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. armed forces under conditions other than dishonorable and who was a resident of this state at the time of his or her entry into active service and his or her dependent child and surviving spouse.

45.61(2)(am)

(am) A person who died while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated in the U.S. armed forces.

45.61(2)(b)

(b) A person who was discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. armed forces under conditions other than dishonorable and who was a resident of this state at the time of his or her death and his or her dependent child and surviving spouse.

45.61(2)(c)

(c) The spouse or dependent child of a person who meets one of the following conditions:

45.61(2)(c)1.

1. Is serving on active duty at the time of the spouse's or dependent child's death if the person was a resident of this state at the time of his or her entry or reentry into active service.

45.61(2)(c)2.

2. Was a resident of this state at the time of his or her entry or reentry into active service and was discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. armed forces under honorable conditions.

45.61(2)(c)3.

3. Was discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. armed forces under honorable conditions if the person and spouse or dependent child were residents of this state at the time of the spouse's or dependent child's death.

45.61(2)(d)

(d) A person who was a resident of this state at the time of his or her entry or reentry into service in any national guard or a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces or who was a resident of this state for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding his or her death, and the person's spouse, surviving spouse, and dependent children, if the person is eligible for burial in a national cemetery under 38 USC 2402.

45.61(2)(e)

(e) A person who was discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. armed forces under honorable conditions and who was a resident of this state for at least 12 consecutive months after entering or reentering service on active duty.

45.61(3)

(3) Fees and costs. The department may charge a fee for burials under this section and may promulgate rules for the assessment of any fee. The cost of preparing the grave and the erection of a marker for a person described under sub. (2) (a), (b), (d), or (e) shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.485 (1) (gk).

45.61(4)

(4) Application. Application for burial shall be made to the department. The surviving spouse of the person described under sub. (2) (a), (b), (d), or (e), if that person is interred at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, shall have the privilege of selecting a plot next to that person if available. The department shall hold the plot for the surviving spouse for a period of one year from the date of granting the privilege, but may extend the hold, on request, for additional one-year periods.

45.61(5)

(5) Expenses.

45.61(5)(a)

(a) Expenses incident to the burial under this section of persons described in sub. (2) (a) and (b) to (e) shall be paid from the estate of the decedent, except that if there is no estate or the estate is insufficient, the expense of burial, or necessary part of the burial, shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.485 (1) (gk) for members of veterans homes, and the amount expended for those expenses shall not exceed the amount established for funeral and burial expenses under s. 49.785 (1) (b).

45.61(5)(b)

(b) Expenses incident to the burial under this section of persons described in sub. (2) (am) shall be paid from the estate of the decedent, except that if there is no estate or the estate is insufficient, the expense of burial, or necessary part of the burial, shall be paid by the relatives who requested the burial.

45.61 - ANNOT.

History: 2005 a. 22; 2007 a. 20.

45.61 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also ch. VA 14, Wis. adm. code.

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