SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement today on mistakes the Department of Veterans Affairs has admitted to in an audit:

“The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration has released a self-initiated audit of 92 of its 131 cemeteries, including the Golden Gate National Cemetery (GGNC) in San Bruno.  The audit of GGNC shows that 33 headstones were incorrectly placed on gravesites and 18 unmarked graves were discovered.  While the National Cemetery Administration has moved quickly to correct these errors in consultation with family members, it is disappointing to hear that mistakes were made. In particular, I will pursue the reason why some graves lacked markings and I will work with the National Cemetery Administration to ensure that this gaffe never happens again.  My office is here to offer assistance to those who believe their loved ones were affected. ”

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