Homeless Army Veteran's Funeral Attended by Hundreds of Strangers

Homeless Army Veteran's Funeral Attended by Hundreds of Strangers

February 16, 2016

Homeless Army Veteran's Funeral Attended by Hundreds of Strangers

In Kansas, a homeless Army veteran's funeral was attended by hundreds of strangers - many who traveled from across two states to attend. Attendees of the homeless Vietnam veteran's funeral included bikers from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Patriot Guard Riders.

Eton Gilmore, who had received the Purple Heart, spent most of his days living in an abandoned house with no gas or electricity. After the Vietnam War, Gilmore worked as a taxi driver, but after losing his job, he started living in his car or in abandoned homes.

When the Vietnam veteran died without a home or any close relatives, friends arranged for a proper burial.

One of those friends, Maryannah Mosley, moved Gilmore's remains to a funeral home after contacting a worker at the city morgue. "He said, 'We were really getting scared. Nobody has come forward for him,'" she added.

Once word began to spread in the local community, however, those fears gave way to gratitude as around 200 people showed up to pay their respects.

The Department of Veterans Affairs helped arrange the funeral at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Two Chinook helicopters flew over the funeral, which included a traditional rifle salute, taps and a flag-folding ceremony.

"He deserves, number one, a proper burial and the military to acknowledge his service and that would probably make him very happy," Mosley said.

And a proper burial and acknowledgement was what he received.

Watch a video detailing the homeless veteran's story here.

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9 Responses

Arlene Rocha
Arlene Rocha

April 05, 2016

God bless all of our Veterans it breaks my heart that so many go without the basic necessity and all of our elected career politicians should be ashamed of themselves because it should not be an on going problem they are our Nations Heroes they served this country

Luanne Denman
Luanne Denman

March 22, 2016

My son has been fighting to have his polyopia diagnosed for 38 years by the VA. He was hit in the back of the head and one of the non-VA doctors he saw diagnosed a blow to the brain stem. All references to head trauma are not mentioned in his records and they refuse to diagnose or treat. He has never had his TBI diagnosed by a real doctor at the VA, only Mayo Clinic and several private physicians.

Emmanuel de mosha
Emmanuel de mosha

March 14, 2016

Uh…! life isn’t all about money ? but is love" God forgive us our veterans dies without having a house!

Marti Ballance
Marti Ballance

February 22, 2016

I pray that there are “those special someones there when I pass” I am not afraid to die, just afraid to be alone! God bless all that had any part in this hero’s funeral, including those that attended.

linda
linda

February 22, 2016

Why only veterans after 9-11-2001?? Why not ALL veterans?? Just curious.

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Christopher M. Wagner
Christopher M. Wagner

February 22, 2016

God bless you all…..

Paulette
Paulette

February 22, 2016

WHY was or are there homeless veterans? How can those two words be used in the same sentence?
This is outrageous…what can we do to be sue this never happens again? AND what a wonderful community and bikes who showed up to his funeral…

Lisa
Lisa

February 22, 2016

Thank you! !

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