Lets assume that the US government saved, say, 1 million dollars by disposing of their bodies this way. I'm curious to know whether or not those who are outraged by this would rather that 1 million dollars go to help the deceased's families or to give them a traditional burial?
We owe a debt to the men and women we send out in harms way. You HONOR the dead. You can't tell me that going the extra effort of picking up a god damned phone, contacting the family and asking what to do with remains. You can spread them on the sea, a base or other places.
To just.. throw away the incinerated remains of our serviceman is an INSULT of the first order. We have units that do nothing but put our fallen to rest.. we spend MILLIONS defending the right to conduct funerals of our fallen without interruption. There is a constant battle in the courts over the right to assemble and free speech against honoring our dead.
I swore an oath five times in service. To defend and uphold the Constitution, to obey the orders of those above me. To protect those who might not hold me in high regard or feel that I'm a puppet at the hand of which over political hack is in office. I've been cussed at, sneered at, looked down on because I was too lazy to get a 'real job'. I don't give a damn about what folks think about serving their country, it's a personal choice.
But you fucking owe those have fallen in service.
You don't throw them away like trash.