Veterans' remains may finally be put to rest
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Veterans' remains may finally be put to rest

Date: January 27, 2009
By: Chance Seales
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB111

Intro: There are unclaimed veterans remains in Missouri but one state representative wants to give fallen Americans a proper burial.

Chance Seales (SEALS) has more from Jefferson City.

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If House Bill 111 is passed into law, unclaimed soldier remains will go to veterans groups to provide a resting place.
 
Tim Norton is the Missouri Veterans Commission Acting Director and he voiced strong support for the bill.
 
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Description: And just from our part, we think it's really important that any veteran out there deserves a proper internment, and we strongly support this bill.
 
The Committee on Veterans Affairs passed the measure unanimously, which means it will hit the House floor this session. 
 
Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Chance Seales.

Intro: The families of fallen Missouri veterans may finally gain closure if a House Bill makes its way through the legislature.

Chance Seales (SEALS) reports tonight from Jefferson City.

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The proposed bill could pave the way for veterans' groups to provide a final memorial to unclaimed perished soldiers.
 
Dixon Republican Representative David Day said there are far too many unclaimed remains for this issue to fall by the wayside.
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Description: It's hundreds.  I mean, we know at least that, but some of the funeral homes are reluctant to even let the veterans services organizations do the research.  Again, because of liability.  But it's a pretty impressive number. 
 
The Committee on Veterans Affairs passed the measure unanimously and it will now move to the House floor.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Chance Seales.