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Changes sought for unmarked vets graves in Ohio, Ky.

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 07:30 PM

CINCINNATI — Supporters of historic cemeteries in Ohio and Kentucky want federal policy changed to make it easier to get markers and tombstones for veterans’ unmarked graves.

Supporters want to change a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs policy that says only next-of-kin may apply for markers and tombstones for the unmarked graves. A national online petition also is seeking the change.

An Ohio congressman has introduced legislation to allow others to apply for a marker or headstone for a veteran if no next-of kin can be found.

That would only apply to veterans who served in the Armed Forces at least six decades earlier.

The VA National Cemetery Administration says it understands the concern and is reviewing the regulation.