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Friday, June 11, 2010

Arlington Update: Army Commissions Hotline for Families

In the wake of yesterday's scathing report on mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery, the Department of the Army has commissioned a hotline for concerned family members to answer questions about the final resting places of their loved ones.

Concerned families can call (703) 607-8000 and press "0" for information.

Yesterday, AMVETS National Commander Duane J. Miskulin released a statement expressing sadness and anger over the revelations. To read Miskulin's statement, Click Here.

AMVETS also spoke with Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C. on the impact of Arlington's mismanagement on the veterans' community and particularly surviving spouses.

News quickly spread around the world about the sad situation at Arlington and last night the BBC also spoke with AMVETS about the issue.

In the wake of the Army investigations, both the superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery and his deputy have been relieved of their duties and the Army is reworking the command structure for the cemetery in an effort to improve accountability.

Army leaders have also ensured that additional steps will be taken to modernize operations at Arlington, ensuring that similar incidents never happen again.

AMVETS will continue to follow this story closely, as the Department of the Army works to remedy the situation. Check back regularly with American Veteran for updates.

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