“To me, it’s tragic when you have someone who served his country and dies and has nothing and no one. It’s tragic, but it happens,” David Wilson – Safe Haven’s regional program director - said, adding that it has happened two or three times in the Fort Wayne area in the past two years.
It is a sad day when we lose one of our own, it is even more tragic when a hero dies alone and without anyone to claim his body. But as brothers in arms, that bond transcends all, and those brothers will step in to give a hero a proper burial.
A U.S. Army veteran died homeless in Fort Wayne, will be given a military funeral with the aid of several area veterans’ groups. John Pawlowski died at the age of 69 on March 5 at Parkview Hospital from symptoms of septic shock, a full-body infection that causes organ shut down.
Pawlowski was verified as a military veteran through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but much of his life is a mystery. No family members stepped forward to claim his body.
Nonetheless, all veterans deserve a proper burial, and contacts made through the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial program at Fort Wayne’s Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton funeral home have organized a service in his honor.
Organizations include the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders and American Freedom Riders motorcycle groups; members of American Legion Post 241; a group of Army members in active service; and representatives of Fort Wayne’s Safe Haven home for veterans struggling with addiction.
Salute your local veterans today! You never know who they have, or don’t have, in their life.
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