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Mom Wins Right for Burial Next to Son

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Posted: Sep 30, 2010 7:44 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Sep 30, 2010 7:45 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: veterans affairs cemeteries, Denise Anderson, Massachusetts, Cory Shea Act, burial, parents

A mom in Massachusetts who lost her only son in Iraq won the right for parents like her to be buried alongside their children in national veterans cemeteries. Denise Anderson fought for two-years to get Congress to change the rule and approve the Corey Shea Act, named for her 21-year-old son, killed in 2008. It allows burial privileges for some biologiocal or adoptive parents of service members in the 131 Veterans Affairs national cemeteries around the country. It does not apply to Arlington National Cemetery which is maintained by the Army. The law used to allow veterans, their spouses and minor children. Her son was single and childless.

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