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Dignity Memorial Homeless Veteran's Burial Program

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Every night, almost 200,000 homeless veterans sleep on the street. Why? The reasons are many, but downsizing of the military, reductions in educational benefits, physical and mental ailments, and war-related mental illnesses, such as post traumatic stress syndrome, all contribute to the tremendous number of our nation's veterans who are homeless right now. "A disgrace," says former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jesse Brown, "that we have men and women who served in American uniform who are out on the mean streets with no place to go and few prospects for a better life." In addition to the former Secretary, the...
Every night, almost 200,000 homeless veterans sleep on the street. Why? The reasons are many, but downsizing of the military, reductions in educational benefits, physical and mental ailments, and war-related mental illnesses, such as post traumatic stress syndrome, all contribute to the tremendous number of our nation's veterans who are homeless right now.

"A disgrace," says former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jesse Brown, "that we have men and women who served in American uniform who are out on the mean streets with no place to go and few prospects for a better life." In addition to the former Secretary, the situation distressed retired Army Maj. Gen. Bill Branson. In a luncheon conversation, Branson and a long-time veterans' advocate agreed that those who served our country and then became homeless had many needs. They are determined to see that these veterans were provided dignified and honorable burials, which were earned through selfless dedication in our country's time of need.

Dignity Memorial® funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers are honored to administer the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program in selected cities across the nation. In partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, the Veterans Administration, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, local veterans organizations, medical examiners, coroners, and veterans advocates, Dignity Memorial providers help to ensure that veterans who are homeless, indigent and have no family receive the honors in death that their service in life merited.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides eligible veterans with opening and closing of the gravesite, a grave liner, a headstone or marker, a graveside ceremony and burial in a National Cemetery. Participating Dignity Memorial funeral directors provide transportation, preparation, clothing, and casket.

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