Fallen veteran’s mother lobbies Congress to change burial regulations

Army Specialist, Corey Shea, 21, was killed in November 2008 when a renegade Iraqi soldier traveling with his platoon attacked him. His mother, Denise Anderson, 42, is now appealing to legislators to amend a VA regulation that would prevent her from being buried with her son in the veterans cemetery where he was laid to rest.

Corey Shea died in combat leaving no dependants and he was laid to rest in the National Veterans Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. With the help of US Representative Barney Frank, Ms. Anderson petitioned the VA so that she could be buried next to her son, but the petition was denied. Rep. Frank has introduced a bill, HR761, to amend the VA regulation so that the parent of a deceased veteran with no dependants can be buried with the vet in a national cemetery.

Rep. Frank has already found bipartisan support for the bill via cosponsor, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL).