Charleston Chapter – MOAA Charleston Chapter – MOAA
Charleston Chapter – MOAA Charleston Chapter – MOAA
Member Login    News    Support our Charities    Photos    Event Calendar      
Charleston Chapter – MOAA


Recent News:
(Published in last 30 days)


Charleston Chapter – MOAA
Date Posted:05/25/20
This Story Expires on: 09/30/20
Here Are the 2020 2021 Post 9/11 GI Bill Rates

Date Posted:05/25/20
This Story Expires on: 09/30/20
Pell Grant Limits Increase, Student Loan Interest Rates Decrease for 2020 2021

Date Posted:05/25/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
Some Stimulus Payments Are Coming in the Form of Debit Cards

Date Posted:05/14/20
This Story Expires on: 06/14/20
VA cemeteries will open to the public on Memorial Day, but wreath laying ceremonies will be closed

Date Posted:05/14/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
Meet the First Lady of Space Force: An interview with Mollie Raymond

Date Posted:05/14/20
This Story Expires on: 08/15/20
2 Lowcountry military installations change command

Date Posted:05/13/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
'Astonishing': Veteran Military Pilots See First Survey Data on How Many Have Cancer

Date Posted:05/13/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
Tricare Drops Telehealth Copays, Adds Phone Call Coverage in Emergency Measure

Date Posted:05/13/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
This new site is all about money for military spouses

Date Posted:05/13/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
How Trump honors our troops: A military wife’s perspective

Date Posted:05/13/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
VA Opens New Phone Line for Survivor Education Benefits

Date Posted:05/11/20
This Story Expires on: 08/31/20
Pentagon Lifts Onerous Proof Requirements for Student Military Survivor Benefits

Date Posted:05/11/20
This Story Expires on: 08/31/20
Tutor.com Extends Free Tutoring for Military Families

Date Posted:05/11/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
Here's the VA's 3 Part Plan to Resume Full Services for Veterans

Date Posted:05/11/20
This Story Expires on: 08/31/20
Tricare Dental Plan Benefits and Coverage

Date Posted:05/07/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
Tricare Limits Some Prescription Refills During Pandemic

Date Posted:05/07/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
Trump signs second bill protecting GI Bill benefits amid coronavirus outbreak

Date Posted:05/01/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Military Commissaries Limit Meat Purchases Amid Supply Chain Worries

Date Posted:05/01/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
The Economic Stimulus Can Seriously Affect Your Retirement Funds

Date Posted:05/01/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Troops, Families Say They’re Worried About Planned Changes to Military Health System

Date Posted:04/24/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Thunderbirds, Blue Angels Team Up for Dramatic Salute to Coronavirus Responders

Date Posted:04/24/20
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
Tutor.com Extends Free Tutoring for Military Families

Date Posted:04/24/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Some Veterans Need to Fill Out This Form ASAP to Get Their Stimulus Payment

Date Posted:04/24/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
How to Get a New ID Card When Everything Is Shut Down

Date Posted:04/22/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Frameworks for dissent and principled resignation in the US military: A primer

Date Posted:04/22/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
New Agreement Will Make it Easier for Doctors to Access Military, Veteran Health Records

Date Posted:04/22/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
New House bill would grant Gold Star families access to commissary, base recreation

Date Posted:04/21/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Defense Health Agency to Beneficiaries: Stop Taking Zantac

Date Posted:04/21/20
This Story Expires on: 06/14/20
35,000 Military Retirees Will Soon See a Tricare Refund

Date Posted:04/16/20
This Story Expires on: 06/14/20
USPHS Ready Reserve Corps Becomes Law With the CARES Act

Date Posted:04/16/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
COVID 19 and USERRA: Know Your Re Employment Rights

Date Posted:04/13/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Everything You Need to Know About Tricare and National Guard and Reserve Activation

Date Posted:04/08/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Tricare Must Waive Coronavirus Test Visit Copays, But Not Off Base Pharmacy Fees

Date Posted:04/08/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Pentagon Extends ID Card Expiration Dates, Allows Mail Order for Some

Date Posted:04/07/20
This Story Expires on: 06/14/20
Retirees, Active Duty Families Could Be Barred from Military Pharmacies over Pandemic

Date Posted:04/07/20
This Story Expires on: 06/14/20
Some Veterans May Need to Take This Extra Step to Get Their Stimulus Check

Date Posted:04/03/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
Trump says VA won’t collect debts, will extend benefits deadlines amid coronavirus outbreak

Date Posted:03/23/20
This Story Expires on: 06/30/20
VA suspends funeral honors, large gatherings at cemeteries due to coronavirus

Date Posted:02/08/20
This Story Expires on: 11/15/20
Here’s your friendly election year reminder to stay away from politics while in uniform

Date Posted:10/11/19
This Story Expires on: 09/30/20
WARNING Hackers target job hunting service members, veterans with sham employment website

Date Posted:10/03/19
This Story Expires on: 07/31/20
VA Releases Survivors Quick Start Guide

7 Affordable Ideas for Military Care Packages

March 22 Luncheon Meeting

Military Star Card Questions & Answers

US Air Force Museum to Mark 75th Anniversary of Japan Raid

Chapter News   
Register for News Story Emails

New eligibility rules for Arlington cemetery would exclude most non combat veterans
Posted on: 09/26/19
This Story Expires on: 12/31/19
Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), participate in a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on March 22, 2019. (Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes/Army)">

Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), participate in a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on March 22, 2019. (Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes/Army)



 Officials are moving to limit the number of individuals eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, restricting below-ground sites to combat heroes, battle casualties and a small pool of notable dignitaries.

Under the proposal, which still needs to be finalized through a public rulemaking process, some other veterans will still be eligible for storage of cremated remains at the famed site in above-ground structures, which will allow planners additional flexibility and space in coming decades.

The move by the Army, which administers the cemetery, is part of an ongoing effort to extend how long the cemetery can be used as a final resting place for America’s service members. Army officials have for the last two years considered a series of site expansions and facility changes in an effort to deal with dwindling space at the site.

  “Arlington National Cemetery is a national shrine for all Americans, but especially those who have served our great nation,” acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in a statement. “We must ensure it can honor those we have lost for many years to come.”

The 154-year-old cemetery, originally established as an overflow site for mounting Civil War casualties, has become one of the most hallowed military sites in America. More than 3 million visitors travel to the site annually.

Only about 100,000 burial sites are left at the cemetery, tucked between the Potomac River and the ever growing northern Virginia suburbs. Expansion plans are expected to keep burials on pace into the 2040s, but not much beyond that.

Under the latest proposal, 1,000 gravesites would be set aside for current and future Medal of Honor recipients, to ensure space is reserved for those recipients of the highest military honor.

 In addition to them, below-ground burials would be restricted to these other military groups:

— Troops killed in action, to include repatriated remains

— Purple Heart recipients

— Award recipients of the Silver Star or a higher honor

— Combat-related service deaths “while conducting uniquely military activities”

— Former prisoners of war

— Veterans with combat service who “made significant contributions to the nation’s security” in other government posts

— Former presidents and vice presidents of the United States

Spouses of eligible individuals would also be allowed burial at their loved-ones plots.

Above-ground inurments of ashes will be open to any veterans from World War II, military retirees, veterans who served in combat and spent at least two years in the ranks, and veterans without any combat service who “made significant contributions to the nation’s security” in other government posts.

Currently, any military retiree is eligible for below-ground burial at the site, and any veteran who left the service under honorable conditions is eligible for inurment of ashes. The former group would only be eligible for inurment now, while many of the later would not be eligible for any admission to Arlington.

  The new restrictions are likely to cause controversy within the military community, since veterans groups have long opposed restricting eligibility at Arlington.

Army officials said the new changes will not affect any burials already scheduled, or any planned between now and the completion of the rulemaking process, expected to take at least nine months.

“Additionally, the proposed revisions will not affect veterans’ burial benefits or veteran eligibility at Department of Veterans Affairs national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries,” the Army’s official release on the rules stated.



Return to News Stories
Charleston Chapter – MOAA
Charleston Chapter – MOAA

· Copyright ©2020 Charleston Chapter – MOAA P.O. Box 70421 Charleston SC 29415 ·
· Contact Charleston Chapter – MOAA · Editorial and Privacy Policy · Webmaster · Browser and Email Settings ·