- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The Dayton National Cemetery is now offering full military funerals for veterans as part of the Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Association’s effort to become more involved in the western Ohio city.

The Dayton Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1KN6AU3 ) that U.S. military veterans and their spouses can be buried in the cemetery, along with veterans’ children if they are dependents when they die.

The goal of the effort is to “let people know positive things about the VA,” said Daniel Barford, an administrative support assistant at the cemetery.

“We can honor veterans every day with the honor salute, and playing taps.” Barford added. “We do that every service.”

Only 10 percent of the veterans buried in the cemetery received full military funerals when they died, said Dennis Adkins, chairman of the cemetery’s support committee.

The government ranks VA cemeteries by how many funerals they perform each year, and the top 20 are required to provide full military services, Adkins said. Dayton’s cemetery ranks “33rd or 34th,” Adkins said, but now all veterans will get full military funerals at the site, which is staffed by former service members.

The cemetery is the largest of the three original national cemeteries and was built in 1867, said Nick Hetzer, a cemetery technician and member of the U.S. Navy Reserve.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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