VA disputes allegations of religious discrimination at Houston National Cemetery

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by khou.com staff

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Posted on July 20, 2011 at 12:28 AM

HOUSTON -- After weeks of silence the Department Of Veterans Affairs is responding to allegations of religious censorship at Houston National Cemetery.

A lawsuit was filed against director Arleen Ocashio after she allegedly told groups not to use certain religious phrases.

"The idea that invoking the name of God or Jesus is banned at VA national cemeteries is blatantly false," the Department of Veterans Affairs said in a statement released Tuesday.

"Put simply, VA policy puts the wishes of the Veteran's family above all else on the day it matters most -- the day they pay their final respects to their loved one."

The VA said it can't go into the specifics of the lawsuit, but is asking everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are out.

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