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PSC Rejects Recommendation To Increase Price Of Veterans’ Grave Markers

Gravestones at arlington national cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
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On Thursday, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia announced it will not implement a recommendation from its own task force and the funeral industry to increase the price of veterans’ grave markers by 51 percent.

The West Virginia Cemetery & Funeral Association asked the commission to increase the marker fees in 2022.

The PSC created a task force to study the matter. The task force found installation prices had not increased since 2006 and agreed with the industry’s request. 

“The commission recognizes the sacrifice our veterans and their families have made in the service to our country,” the PSC said in a press release. “In light of this, it is our desire to keep the total charges associated with veterans’ grave markers as economical as possible.”

In its discussion of the decision, the PSC noted that most of the cost information the funeral association provided was based on internet research rather than records they are required to keep.

“It will take much more information than the commission received if we are to further burden these families with additional costs while they are burying their honored dead,” PSC Chairman Charlotte Lane said.