Sometimes things happen and get me scratching my
head over why we allow them to happen. This story
involves the bodies of 28 veterans who were left in
a morgue for a year and a half.
Granted, nobody stepped up to claim the bodies from
the Los Angeles County Morgue, but 18 months? These
poor souls are now going to receive the proper burial
they deserve at the Riverside National Cemetery.
Even though the morgue and the VA are playing the
blame game, we were saddened more by the fact that
these burials are usually attended by only a few
Then we heard the number of unclaimed veterans
remains left in the morgue for over 18 months could
be as high as 60. This is unacceptable.
We’re told the morgue claimed the VA didn’t follow
through with required identification and processing
while the VA claims the morgue didn’t notify them
that the bodies were processed and ready to be
buried. Stop the nonsense.
All should be buried in a National Cemetery if their
body wasn’t claimed by family. It is the law, it is
a show of respect, and it is the right thing to do.
Comments are always welcome.