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This makes me so mad!

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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 THIS IS JUST WRONG!!!! PERIOD

General: Ashes from service members' remains went to landfill

From Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
updated 10:07 PM EST, Wed November 9, 2011
The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base handles the nation's war dead. Some remains were dumped in landfills, a general says.
The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base handles the nation's war dead. Some remains were dumped in landfills, a general says.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The practice was stopped in 2008; ashes from partial remains are now disposed of at sea
  • An Air Force official emphasizes the remains were 'parts of bone and other DNA material'

(CNN) -- The ashes of cremated body parts from some of the nation's war dead were dumped in landfills until 2008, unbeknownst to their survivors, an Air Force general acknowledged Wednesday.

The practice was stopped, and remains from cremated body parts now are disposed of at sea, Air Force Chief of Public Affairs Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick said.

The landfill disposal of the ashes was first reported in The Washington Post.

Kodlick issued a statement describing instances prior to 2008 when families had authorized portions of remains to be disposed of. Another Air Force official, speaking on background, emphasized that these situations did not involve bodies but "parts of bone and other DNA material."

Military escorts accompanied the remains to a crematorium near Dover Air Force Base Mortuary, which processes remains of service members killed overseas, the statement said.

After cremation, the ashes were escorted back to Dover, Kodlick said, and then turned over to a contractor "for further incineration and disposition in accordance with medical disposition."

"The common practice was that any residual matter remaining after incineration was disposed of by the contractor in a landfill," Kodlick said.

"We could have done it better," he said.

The Air Force official speaking on background emphasized that families had authorized disposal of those remains, but did not know the ashes would be put in a landfill

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momcat437
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 10:48 PM

 It's the military--what did anyone really think they were gonna do with the remains??  They don't give a s**t...

vampiregirl100
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:10 PM
the military does give a s**t otherwise they would keep doing it. what one person does doesn't speak for everyone.

Quoting momcat437:

 It's the military--what did anyone really think they were gonna do with the remains??  They don't give a s**t...



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Sanctimommy
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:12 PM

"We could have done it better"?! That's all they could come up with? FFFFFFUUUUUU.....

got2monsters
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:14 PM

how very sad for those families.

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