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Regulations for some PA military funeral honors extended

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 24, 2012 9:47 AM

(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania veterans affairs officials says they no longer have to limit taxpayer-paid military funeral honors to burials within 100 miles of Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania. 

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Two state senators protested the policy in a letter this week asking Adjutant General Wesley Craig to reverse it.

But a state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokeswoman said Friday that a commitment of additional federal money this month by the National Guard Bureau resolves the need for the limit.

Spokeswoman Joan Nissley says the limit took effect after her agency had initially been told to expect a 30 percent reduction in federal aid beginning last month.

Nissley says she isn't aware of anyone being denied military funeral honors, but says funeral directors can also contact Fort Meade in Maryland to request the service.

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