Legislature Grants Free Death Certificates to Families of Deceased Veterans

Rep. Gruenberg bill pays respect in time of mourning by reducing costs, easing red tape

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed legislation allowing a surviving spouse, next of kin, or other relative of a deceased veteran to get up to four free certified death certificates of the deceased. Families often need a certified copies of a death certificate to process various benefits for which they are entitled as a result of their loss.

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Alaska House Approves Free Death Certificates for Families of Deceased Veterans

JUNEAU – Today the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to allow families of deceased veterans to receive up to four official death certificates from the state for free. Currently, death certificates cost $25 each.

“These veterans served our country,” said Rep. Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage), sponsor of the legislation. “We share their families’ grief. Removing the charge for death certificates will make it easier for family members to get benefits, like social security, veterans’ death benefits, and life insurance death benefits to which they are entitled on behalf of the deceased veteran. It’s the least we can do.”

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