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Senate Passes Thune Disabled Veterans Memorial Bill

Legislation Will Now be Sent to the President

October 25, 2007

Washington, D.C. —  The United States Senate late last night passed a House companion bill to Senator John Thune's bipartisan legislation, S. 824, to authorize an extension for a Disabled Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

"It is fitting that we establish a memorial to demonstrate our commitment to those who have been disabled in service to our nation," said Thune. "Their tremendous sacrifice and courage deserves to be honored in the Nation's Capital with a memorial alongside those of our other heroes like Lincoln, Jefferson, and all of those who served in Korea, Vietnam, and World War II."

The original bill authorizing the establishment of a National Disabled Veterans Memorial was signed into law in October of 2000, but expired on October 24th, 2007; seven years after it was initially signed into law. Senator Thune's legislation would extend this authorization to October 24, 2015.

The Disabled Veterans Memorial will be funded through private donations and will not take any money away from veterans benefit programs. Senator Byron Dorgan, Senator Tim Johnson, and Senator Olympia Snowe are cosponsors of the bill. The bill will now be sent to the President who is expected to sign it into law.