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Armed Services Committee To Hold Hearing On Arlington National Cemetery

Last week, we covered the release of a report by the Inspector General of the Army, detailing a host of problems at Arlington National Cemetery, from fraud to wrongly marked graves.

Today, Rep. Ike Skelton, the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, announced plans to hold a hearing on the report, on Wednesday, June 30.

"Arlington National Cemetery is a sacred place, and it is important for us to make sure the Army is taking all of the necessary steps to keep such egregious actions from ever happening again," he said in a statement.

I want our witnesses to explain how they plan to correct the management problems at Arlington.

Invited witnesses include Secretary of the Army John McHugh, who presented the the report last week, and Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb, Inspector General of the Army.

Today, an article in The Washington Post exposed another problem: "Several mud-caked headstones line the banks of a small stream at Arlington National Cemetery, the country's most venerated burial ground."

Farther upstream in a wooded area, a few others lie submerged with the rocks that line the stream bed.

According to the newspaper, Kaitlin Horst, a cemetery spokeswoman, said officials "vowed to investigate the headstones along the stream and take 'immediate corrective action.'"



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