Unclaimed Veteran Remains Receive Proper Burial

Unclaimed Veteran Remains Receive Proper Burial

March 30, 2015

Unclaimed Veteran Remains Receive Proper Burial

Unfortunately, the remains of combat veterans often go unclaimed. There could be a number of reasons why veterans remains are not claimed by family members for burial. And when that happens urns can sit for decades collecting dust at funeral homes.

There is a non-profit that is ensuring those combat veterans are receiving the military burial they were promised. That organization, Missing in America, takes it upon themselves to honor our brave military veterans how they deserve to be honored.

And recently in Arizona, the military non-profit organization helped do just that by giving four combat veterans the military funeral they deserved.

"The four veterans being laid to rest include: Marvin LeRoy Stutesman, 71, a former U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War; Bishop Butler, 97, a former U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War I, and two WWII Navy veterans: Harry Westmire, 68, and Maurice Kebby, 78."

"Every one of these veterans signed on that dotted line, up to and including their life," said Clyde Taylor, a northern Arizona coordinator for the Missing in America Project. "For them to be left sitting on a shelf, some of them over 50 years, is not right."

Missing in America Project

According to the group's website, "The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. To provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes."

The non-profit works with a number of veterans organizations and funeral homes across the country. They submit information on unclaimed remains to a database linked to the Department of Veterans Affairs which helps them identify veterans remains. Once identified, Missing in American helps coordinate a military burial with full honors.

Since the organization's start in 2007, MIA has successfully identified 10,897 veterans and interred 2,298 remains.

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Konae Wright
Konae Wright

February 22, 2016

I’m interested in helping. I live in Delaware and I am a Honor Guard member at the VFW Post 6483 in Milford, DE. I would be honored to help in your efforts.

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