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Congress Passes Law to Prevent Military Funeral Protests

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

With an affirmative vote from Congress, the Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans (SERVE) Act heads to the White House where it is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

SERVE will help increase several safety and sanctity precautions that help protect military funerals from interference from protesters. Current laws require a 60-minute period of quiet time prior to and after a military funeral as well as a 150-foot buffer zone for anyone not attending the service.

The SERVE Act will expand the buffer zone to 300 feet and increase the silent period to 120 minutes before and after the service. The buffer zone around military funeral access routes will also be expanded from 300 to 500 feet. These improved conditions come after a case where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that groups like the Westboro Baptist Church do have a right to protest at military funerals.

Protecting our veterans’ honor as well as the rights of their families to honor them upon death is an important step in protecting our veterans’ rights. After serving our country, veterans are granted many special rights and benefits to thank them for the sacrifices they make, which may include their health.

Veterans who are injured in combat or suffer exposure to toxic conditions may develop disabling conditions that can decrease quality of life or shorten lifespan. These disabled veterans are often eligible for veterans’ disability benefits, including burial benefits.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits, contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-(800)-800-3332