I am a wife of a US Army soldier that has been deployed three times during the war on terror, and is currently deployed. Death is a reality that we face every day. I have very strong feelings about this issue, and do not understand "Mamma F's" comments. You "gave consent?" Was your child under 18? I believe he made that decision on his own and neither he nor the American government needed your consent. If a soldier's wish is to be buried in a national cemetery, he or she is making that decision knowing the rules and regulations. The mother did not have to bury her child in the national cemetery. There is absolutely NO requirement that a soldier killed in combat, or otherwise, be buried there. If she wants to be buried next to her child, she should have considered that, and respected the institution that her child lived and died for, not disrespected the rules and regulations. It has nothing to do with a "free burial." No matter where the soldier is buried, the VA and VFW will aid in burial costs of a veteran. And GDH66, I am a very proud liberal military wife, and find your comments offensive as well. Don't make blanket assumptions.