House votes to dig up veteran involved in homicideDecember 11, 2013 @ 2:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House passed legislation Wednesday that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors last year even after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman and injured three others before taking his own life.
Current law prohibits military burials in national cemeteries for those who commit capital crimes, but it doesn't make provisions for removing a veteran who is buried in violation of that law.
That's what happened in the case of Michael LeShawn Anderson. He was buried in Michigan's Fort Custer National Cemetery in June 2012. Six days earlier, police said he fatally shot Alicia Dawn Koehl.
The VA said it found out about the circumstances surrounding Anderson's death only after he had been buried and it needed authorization from Congress to remedy the mistake.
Members of Indiana's congressional delegation obliged. The bill covers national cemeteries as well as Arlington National Cemetery, which is administered by the Army.
The Senate passed the same bill three weeks ago. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Koehl was a constituent of Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind. She sponsored the House version of the legislation.
"I'm outraged not only that the Koehl family had had to endure yet another injustice ... but also that our brave service men and women, who in some cases have given the ultimate sacrifice to their nation, are buried next to a murderous criminal," Brooks said in urging lawmakers to vote for the bill.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
So far, King County voters are rejecting higher car tab fees to save buses
Minimum Age Debate
There's a push to raise the age from 18 to 21 in order to legally buy tobacco
Time for Change
Shannon Drayer is expecting some changes after the Mariners' eighth straight loss
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.