Thursday, December 8, 2011

This Is A Shameful Act...!

I don't want to hear about all the reasons that this was ever considered to be proper!

No matter the circumstances, these remains deserved better! The memories of these troops deserved better! Their very actions DEMAND better!

Sad that this practice was even considered as the best we could do for those that died in the service of our country!

Report Reveals More Soldiers' Remains Went to Landfill Than Previously Acknowledged

Published December 08, 2011

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Air Force Base disposed of at least 274 U.S. troops' partial remains in a Virginia landfill, it emerged late Wednesday -- far more than had been believed.

The practice of dumping incinerated remains in King George County landfill -- revealed last month -- took place from 2004 until 2008, when remains that could not be returned to the soldiers' families, or that the families asked the military to destroy, began being buried at sea.

Data gathered by The Washington Post shows that 274 identified service members' remains were dumped in that manner by mortuary staff at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base, the main repatriation point for U.S. war dead.

The Post reported that dumping incinerated remains in a landfill was never official policy, nor were senior Pentagon officials informed of the practice.

The newspaper's investigation -- which began when it found a single case of a soldier's remains ending up in the landfill -- culminated in air force officials releasing information that showed 976 pieces of 274 identified troops ended up in the landfill.

Another 1,762 fragments of unidentified remains went to the landfill.

The scandal saw three mortuary staff disciplined when the practice was revealed in November.

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I'm sorry, but this bothers me more than I can possibly say! I can't understand it, I don't condone it, and I am ashamed of who ever took part in it! Ashamed!

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. It's nice and warm in there!


Phelan said...

disgusting, shameful, I need coffee. I will never understand some peoples attitude about death and respect.

Momlady said...

Perhaps those who participated in said dumping should have theirs dumped when the time comes.

Ben in Texas said...

Absolutely No excuse for that crap!!! Git a Rope!!

linda m said...

I agree, this is the most disgusting, vile thing I have read in a long time. I am ashamed that our military would do such a thing. What has happened to "respect for the deceased"? Have we as a nation gotten so callous that we dump human remains in a landfill? Shame, shame!

Patrick said...

As an active duty service member, I find this disgusting. It's difficult to imagine treating anybody this way let alone the people who provide this country's insurance policy at a tremendous personal cost.

Ugh. Now I'm pissed.

JO said...

And how were they disciplined? I would hope they would get time for this horroble act and if it was a private company they should lose there right to run said business.
I can't even imagine such disrespect. My God what is this world coming to?

MamaHen said...

Yes, I do believe we have become so callous that some people would do this. I'm with Ben; get a rope!

HermitJim said...

Hey Phelan...
It just seems to me that there is no such thing as respect being present in any government agency anymore!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Momlady...
Certainly deserve something like that! Problem is...they probably don't care!

Thanks, my friend, for coming by today!

Hey Ben...
We might need more than just one...and we should make sure that the ropes are used!

No need to waste a new one!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Linda...
Certainly hard to believe, isn't it?

Thanks for your visit today!

Hey Patrick...
That's exactly how I felt when I read this!

Shame followed by a lot of anger!

Thanks, my friend, for your service and for dropping by today!

Hey JoJo...
Not a private company, sweetie, but the U.S. Air Force!

Makes you sick, doesn't it?

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Hey Annie...
It's mind blowing, don't you think?

Makes me so mad I get tongue-tied!

My friend, thanks for coming over today!

TROUBLEnTX said...

Was no action taken against the AF base. Now they bury the ashes at sea.
DO NOT understand why they didn't do that to start with!!!

Athena said...

"They" have taken all the photos and links down. Admission if guilt?!

HermitJim said...

Hey Trouble...
That's what they are supposed to do, but didn't!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Athena...
Does make you wonder, doesn't it?

Thanks so much for coming by today!