A soldier from the Louisiana National Guard who died alongside Marines in a training accident deserves to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, his father said Saturday.
Former Green Beret Stephen Florich told Fox & Friends it is a "travesty" his son has been denied that honor because he was not on active duty at the time of his death.
Most active duty or retired military members of military service are eligible for in-ground interment at Arlington. Members of the reserves or National Guard are not eligible unless they have been on active duty.
"I think my son was very active on that aircraft," Florich said. "My son was in uniform. My son was serving in the capacity as a crew chief and a door gunner. And in adverse weather conditions, he accepted a mission to train people for combat in the future. And in that, he gave all and lost his life."