So far in 2011, 25 states are considering legislation to protect the dignity of the funerals of Americans killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The goal is to create or expand buffer zones around the funerals.
Seven states – Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming – have already done so. Such laws are pending in 14 states. They have been defeated in four others. Suits against these laws are pending in four states.
On the federal level, the Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans (SERVE) Act was introduced in the Senate on April 13. It is sponsored by Sen.Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and has 25 co-sponsors in the Senate. This act would increase the time of silence from 60 to 120 minutes; expand the buffer zone from 150 to 300 feet; enlarge zones around access routes to services from 300 to 500 feet; and stiffen civil penalties.
nowhearthis, VFW magazine August, 2011.