However, that left the issue of symbols to be approved for non-Wiccan Pagan soldiers. This week, Jason Pitzl-Waters at the Wild Hunt reports that the VA has okayed the use of Thor's Hammer on the headstones of Heathen soldiers. There's been no real fanfare about the topic, but the symbol has quietly appeared on the list of approved symbols.
Why is this important? Because there are plenty of Pagan paths that don't use the pentacle as a symbol. For the families of fallen Heathen soldiers, this is a big step. Typically, a symbol is not approved until a family member has requested one to be placed on a headstone. So although I don't know who the service member was that prompted this change, thank you for your service and your sacrifice, whoever you may be.
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