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Wash. Post: Some War Dead Were Cremated at Facility Handling Pets

This is just too bizarre. As per the Washington Post:

The U.S. military has, since 2001, cremated some of the remains of American service members killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere at a Delaware facility that also cremates pets, a practice that ended yesterday when the Pentagon banned the arrangement.

Ok, bad enough our soldiers get killed, but to send their remains to a place that also handles Pet Cremation is just completely thoughtless and inappropriate to say the least. If they can’t find a Funeral Home with the proper facilities, just pay the money needed to have the proper facilities installed at a Funeral home. How hard is that?

I can only imagine how bad it was for the the Army officer who went there to attend the final service of their friend only to see the place labeled as a as a pet crematory.

The article also has:

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, director of the Air Force Staff, said he does not know whether any military officer had ever inspected the contracted crematories.

I would hope that after this, all facilities used for the fallen are inspected.

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