We can do better than this
POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:47pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 10:03pm
tyler — I guess the hardest thing about getting older is you realize that things are not always like the should be and you realize that things you thought would be looking out for you are not.
And I want to be careful here because of the sensitivity of this topic, and I know we have mothers and fathers here in East Texas who have had sons and daughters who have given the ultimate sacrifices for this country.
This story is from the Washington Post who broke this and should get the highest journalistic praise that there is.
The Dover Air Force Base mortuary for years disposed of portions of troops' remains by cremating them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burial at sea.
The mortuary in Delaware, the main point of entry for the nation's war dead and the target of federal investigations of alleged mishandling of remains, engaged in the practice from 2003 to 2008, according to Air Force officials. The manner of disposal was not disclosed to relatives of fallen service members.
Air Force officials acknowledged the practice Wednesday in response to inquiries from The Washington Post.
Some of the more graphics details I won't discuss. You can get that from the paper.
But, it was simply this.
Lt. Gen. Darrell G. Jones, the Air Force's deputy chief for personnel, said the body parts were cremated, then incinerated, and then taken to a landfill by a military contractor.
He likened the procedure to the disposal of medical waste. That is just wrong.
The military says since then they are not doing that anymore. Those who did it were punished.
We can do better than this for the brave ones who fight for us.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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