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President Signs Respect for National Cemeteries Act

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President Obama has signed legislation introduced by Indiana US Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats giving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of the Army the authority to disinter veterans who've committed a Federal or State capital crime and are mistakenly buried in national cemeteries. Coats and Donnelly say the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act was named for an Indianapolis apartment complex manager who was fatally shot 13 times by a tenant, Michael Anderson, in May of last year, who then took his own life and was mistakenly buried with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Michigan. Indiana 5th District Congresswoman Susan Brooks sponsored companion legislation in the House. Federal law already prohibited individuals who “have committed a Federal or State capital crime but were unavailable for trial due to death” from being buried in national cemeteries. The Koehl family requested that Anderson be disinterred, but the VA lacked the authority to do so. 
 


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