The following was sent to us by Viet Nam veteran, Chuck Ratliff, and we wanted to pass it on to you. This area has always sent many of its sons and daughters into military service, and many have expressed an interest in the outcome of this battle.
As you know, since taking the directorship of the Houston National Cemetery in 2010, Arleen Ocasio has insisted that there be no “religion” allowed at the funerals of those buried there.
Hopefully, the families of our veterans will now be able to choose how they wish to bury their dead, whether that be with or without the mention of God and with or without the offering of prayers.
“Several veterans groups who had sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over claims of religious discrimination by Houston VA officials have agreed to settle their lawsuit, according to attorneys at Liberty Institute representing the groups.
“According to Associated Press, the settlement agreement lists 50 provisions that VA officials agree to adhere to. The VA said in the decree that certain of these provisions ‘are already the policy or practice of the department.’
“Some of these actions include no banning or interfering with prayers or recitations at committal services; agreeing to not edit or control the content of private religious speech and expression by speakers at special ceremonies or events at the cemetery; and agreeing not to ban religious speech or words such as “God” or “Jesus” in condolence cards or similar documents given by some of the groups that filed the suit.
“The VA also agreed to pay the veterans groups’ legal fees, which total $215,000. It is not known if Director Ocasio has been or will be removed from her position.
“Because of your support of the AFA Action Alert, we were able to deliver over 375,000 emails to the Veteran’s Administration, clearly contributing to the VA’s decision to stop its religious discrimination.”