Remains of 17 unclaimed veterans buried in Texas

Julia LeDoux
April 05, 2019 - 3:18 pm
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The remains of 17 unclaimed veterans were buried Friday at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

The remains were escorted to their final resting places by the Missing in America Project and the Texas Patriot Guard Riders reported KTXS.

"Over the last three years, we have found 30 veterans, honorable veterans that have served our country, that have gone unclaimed," said Joel Carver, the Missing in America Project’s Texas Panhandle representative.

A county judge gave MIAP permission to research the names of remains that had been left unclaimed in the basement of the Potter County Courthouse.

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Patriot Guard rider and Vietnam veteran Michael Decker said there are approximately 80,000 to 100,000 “veterans lying unclaimed in courthouses around this nation and that’s why the Missing in America Project started and we’ll do it until the last man standing.”

Decker said he’s part of the group that escorted the remains from Amarillo to San Antonio for one reason.

“Each man and woman, they stood up for our country and fought for our freedom and have a right to be buried honorably,” he said.

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Decker has attended 150 military funerals.

"For most of us, like the Vietnam veterans, it reminds us when we came back and we didn't have that. There’s still healing going on 50 years later," said Decker.

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