Hoosiers Want to Change Some Military Burials
October 30, 2013 — Two Hoosiers are asking for a change in federal policy regarding military veterans burials.
United States Senator Dan Coats and Representative Susan Brooks are asking their colleagues to support legislation to allow the federal government to dig up the remains of felons mistakenly buried with full military honors.
The two Indiana Republicans testified in Washington D.C. today before the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committee in support of the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act.
The bill would give the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of the Army authority to disinter veterans buried in national cemeteries who have committed capital crimes.
The bill is named after an Indianapolis apartment manager fatally shot in a May 2012 shooting rampage by Michael LeShawn Anderson.
Anderson was buried with full VA military burial benefits in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Michigan after taking his own life.