H. R. 5201

To direct the Secretary of Defense to establish and maintain a database that contains up-to-date contact information for the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of the Secretaries of the military departments.

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117 HR 5201 IH: To direct the Secretary of Defense to establish and maintain a database that contains up-to-date contact information for the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of the Secretaries of the military departments.

U.S. House of Representatives

2021-09-10

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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 5201

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 10, 2021

Mr. Bacon

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Defense to establish and maintain a database that contains up-to-date contact information for the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of the Secretaries of the military departments.

1.

Database of next of kin of deceased members of the Armed Forces

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall prescribe regulations that establish and maintain a database of the Department of Defense that contains up-to-date contact information for the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of the Secretaries of the military departments. Such regulations shall ensure that—

(1)

a commander in a grade higher than O–5 may access the contact information for the next of kin of a member who died while a member of the unit under the command of such commander, regardless of whether such member served under such commander; and

(2)

an individual named in such database may—

(A)

elect to not be contacted by an officer described in paragraph (1); and

(B)

change such election at any time.