Indigent Veterans Laid To Rest At Texas National Cemetery

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery (VA photo/file)

DALLAS (March 13, 2013)--Four homeless or indigent veterans with no relatives to claim them were buried with full military honors Wednesday morning at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.

Department of Veterans Affairs officials said they couldn't locate any relatives for an Air Force veteran in his 60s who was homeless and died in January.

VA officials say two Army veterans in their 70s had no known living relatives.

One died in January and the other in February.

A Navy veteran who died last week was a retired cinematographer who had been estranged from his family for decades.

At the service, American flags were presented to their friends and a VA outreach worker.

The Rev. Billy W. Corn, a chaplain for the Texas State Guard, said the service was held to honor the greatest treasures of the state and nation.

The burial services were provided by the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, created in 2000 so every veteran could have an honorable burial.