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Unclaimed Texas Veterans Finally Receive Burial

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(KCEN) -- They fought for our freedom, but never received the military funerals they deserve.

A dozen veterans were finally laid to rest on Monday at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. 
     
Susie Marr didn't know the fallen, this was the first time she's ever heard their names. Her son is in the Air Force, so she felt a responsibility to show her support.

"To know that somebody is going to represent our fallen if it ever comes to a time that we can't be there, it's paying it forward," Marr said.

The veterans were unclaimed after they died. No family members. No funerals. Forgotten after sacrificing so much, but now the Missing in America Project is fixing the problem.

"We don't know why and frankly for Missing in America, we don't get involved in the why," Chaplain Warren Wurzburger said. "Our job is to locate them and do the right thing for the veterans we find."

Some of the remains have been sitting in funeral homes unclaimed for decades. 

Army veteran Rusty Knox says the veterans may have been homeless or without families, but every service member deserves the honor of a military funeral. 
    
"That's exactly why we're here, we're here to support them, here to represent their families," Knox said.

Wurzburger says there are an estimated 10,000-20,000 more unclaimed veterans in funeral homes around the country.
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