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Legislation allowing military funerals in any W.Va. school will be proposed in 2019

Legislation will be presented at the beginning of the 2019 legislative session to allow military funeral services to be held in any West Virginia school. (WCHS/WVAH)

Legislation will be presented at the beginning of the 2019 legislative session to allow military funeral services to be held in any West Virginia school.

The proposal stems from the funeral service for fallen soldier Nicholas Jividen, who died during a routine training exercise in California. His funeral was held on Monday.

Jividen graduated from Poca High School in 2015, but currently there is no Putnam County Schools policy in place to allow for a funeral service to be held at Poca High School. That had a lot of people in the community upset and asking for answers.

Tuesday, in a meeting between Sen. Glenn Jeffries, D-Putnam, and the West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine, a plan was developed to create legislation to allow the family of fallen soldiers to hold their loved one's funeral service in any school.

Jeffries also met with Jividen’s family this evening. He said Jividen’s mother was very appreciative of this effort to provide more options for military families.

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