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Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review Subcommittee Final Report

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Defense Health Agency/Defense Health Board Falls Church United States

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The United States has a long and proud tradition of honoring its war dead. Consistent with the supreme sacrifice of the Fallen, our Nation must sustain the trust of its Service Members and their families by ensuring that the Fallen are accorded the highest degree of honor, dignity, and reverence, now and in the future. In November 2009, U.S. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware received a letter alleging wrong doing at Dover Port Mortuary DPM involving handling and disposition of human remains returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. In May and July of 2010 the Office of Special Counsel OSC referred allegations made by three DPM employees to the Secretary of Defense for investigation. Specifically, these individuals alleged improper preparation of remains of a deceased Marine improper handling and transport of remains with possible contagious disease suspected tuberculosis based on nodules observed on lungs at the time of autopsy improper handling and transport of fetal remains of military dependents and improper handling of cases of missing portions of remains.

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