As folks are aware, Canadian troops have been involved in ops in Afghanistan for some time. Sadly, we have suffered a number of KIA (55 at the time of writing). Our Defence Minister, the Honourable Gordon O'Connor has said that the Canadian Forces pays for all funeral expenses for our fallen soldiers. This simply isn't true and he has now been publicly contradicted by the families of these men and women. Our Queen's Regulations And Orders For The Canadian Forces (QR&O) Article 210.21 clearly states that re-imbursement for expenses is limited to $4100.00 CAD (about $3500.00 USD or 1800.00 GBP). This amount includes the casket. Now, maybe Minister O'Connor meant for the full costs to be re-imbursed. However, in my humble opinion, the spectacle of a politician getting into a public p*ssing contest with the families of dead soldiers over funeral expenses cannot end well for the politician in question. More can be found on this topic at: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070530/dnd_costs_070530/20070530?hub=TopStories How are other countries dealing with the costs of funerals for their dead? I am of the impression that in the US the whole thing is covered. What about the UK, Australia, etc?