A mother whose son died in the Iraq war is fighting to be buried with him.

Washington, D.C. (WiredPRNews.com) – A grieving mother is fighting to be buried with her son in a national veterans cemetery. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Denise Anderson, whose only son, Army Spc. Corey Shea, died last year in the Iraq war, is seeking to be buried with him in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, an opportunity normally only offered to spouses or children of veterans who have passed away.

As noted by the AP, four requests like Anderson’s have been approved by the Veterans Affairs Department; however, according to its policy Anderson’s waiver cannot be approved until after her death.

Anderson is quoted in the report as stating of the VA policy, “It was the most devastating blow that I could ever get… I just miss him so much. Just being with him will give me some sort of peace.”

As further noted by the AP, Anderson is currently challenging the policy, and has received support from Rep. Barney Frank, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, who are pushing for passage of the Corey Shea Act, which will grant specified burial privileges for parents of deceased veterans.

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