Joint Hearing of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
Submission For The Record of Hon. John Barrow, a Representative in Congress from the State of Georgia
The many brave men and women buried at Arlington National Cemetery dedicated their lives to serving our country. They’ve earned our undying gratitude and respect, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that they continue to receive that respect after they have passed on.
I had the honor of recently visiting Arlington National Cemetery, where Ms. Condon and Mr. Hallinan showed me firsthand the improvements they have made in maintaining and operating the final resting place for our veterans and their families.
Two things are certain: the problems at Arlington didn’t develop overnight, and the problems won’t be fixed overnight. The problems resulted from years of poor management and a lack of Congressional oversight. We have a responsibility to fix those mistakes and ensure they never happen again.
I look forward to learning more about how the operations at Arlington have been improved, but I am more interested in ensuring that these mistakes are never repeated.
Our deceased service members and their families deserve the respect of a well operated and well maintained final resting place.