Ala. governor in flap over state flags for troops

AP News
Posted: Sep 01, 2011 6:56 PM
Ala. governor in flap over state flags for troops

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and a top aide to former Gov. Bob Riley are disputing claims by the current governor, Robert Bentley, that he inherited a policy against giving state flags to Alabama troops serving overseas.

The Birmingham News first reported Wednesday ( that Bentley's office told an Alabama soldier serving in Afghanistan that it couldn't afford to give away flags. The flags can cost as little as $11 on websites.

Bentley's office has since reversed itself, saying it's changing a policy that led to refusing a flag to the soldier.

Siegelman told The Associated Press that his office often gave flags to troops. And former Riley aide Sandra Lucas said Wednesday that flags were also given to Alabama units heading overseas during Riley's tenure.