Brown files legislation to fix Arlington Cemetery

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(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

U.S. Senator Scott Brown has filed legislation aimed at correcting problems that allowed bodies to be buried in the wrong graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Massachusetts Republican is joined by Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri in sponsoring the measure.

The bill will require the Secretary of the Army to report to Congress on the cemetery’s ability to verify the identity, location and burial records for every gravesite.

It also requires the secretary to update Congress on the progress at changing the management and oversight structure at Arlington.

Brown said the problems “have tarnished a sacred trust with military families.”

He also says the legislation will ensure service-member families never have to endure such emotional turmoil again.

Brown is a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and serves with McCaskill on the Armed Services Committee.

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