Homeless Veterans Get Proper Burial

Full military honors provided by Dignity Memorial

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Friday, Feb 5, 2010  |  Updated 6:18 PM CDT
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Group Provides Full Military Honors for Homeless Vets

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A Camp Pendleton-based Marine was killed in a noncombat incident in Iraq, according to Pentagon officials.

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Group Provides Full Military Honors for Homeless Vets

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On any given night, about 200,000 veterans sleep on the streets.  If they die and no one to claims their bodies, they risk burial in a pauper's grave.

That won't happen to three veterans in Dallas thanks to Dignity Memorials.

Lynard Jones, Loyd Smith and Carl Anderson were buried Friday morning at the National Cemetery in Dallas, with full military honors.

"We rarely know where they were born, their parents names or anything, but the common thread is the fact that they served our country," said Cindy Simpson, funeral director, Dignity Memorial.

Since 2001, Simpson said Dignity Memorial has buried 550 homeless veterans.

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