Earlier today The Blaze covered a breaking story out of Houston, where three different veterans groups have filed suit against the Veterans Administration, alleging a First Amendment violation when the VA censored the memorial services at the Houston National Cemetery by prohibiting words like 'God' and 'Jesus' from being spoken during funerals.
Arleen Ocascio, the director of the VA cemetery in Houston who told groups that they cannot use specific religious language on the property, has been offered the opportunity to respond to this story and has not yet returned our calls. Ms. Ocascio has informed other media outlets that she cannot comment on any issue currently being litigated. In the meantime, calls for Ocascio's resignation or termination are building.
Perhaps the most emotional coverage on this story was seen on the Fox News Channel when Gretchen Carlson interviewed Marilyn Koepp, Secretary of the National Memorial Ladies. Marilyn's organization is a volunteer group that attends every single funeral at this cemetery and was told by Arleen Ocascio that they could not mention God and all of their ceremonies needed to be pre-approved.