Sen. Glowiak Hilton

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton is spearheading a measure to require vital records to indicate whether or not a service-related injury contributed to a veteran’s death.

“The lack of indication behind the cause of a veteran’s death leaves us with more questions than answers,” said Glowiak Hilton (D – Western Springs). “These changes to vital records will help explain the contributing factors behind a veteran’s passing.”

House Bill 2856 would require vital records to list contributing factors behind a veteran’s death. This requirement would ensure survivor benefits and other rights are addressed if the death was caused by a service-related injury.

“These requirements make it possible for surviving family members to receive the correct compensation during such a traumatic time,” said Glowiak Hilton. “After all our veterans have done to protect our great state and nation, the least we can do is ensure their death is addressed in an accurate and appropriate manner.”

House Bill 2856 passed the Senate Veterans Committee Thursday and now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.