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Vietnam veteran who died homeless and alone will get funeral with military honors through Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program

KFDM News - A Vietnam veteran who served his country died alone and with no family to make his funeral arrangements.

But with the help of the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, he will have a proper burial in Port Arthur.

Sixty-eight year-old Michael Stephen Godwin will receive a funeral service conducted with military honors tomorrow. Godwin served in the army from 1966 to 1968.

If you would like to pay your respects, his funeral is at 1 pm at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home at 4841 39th Street in Port Arthur.

See press release below:

Port Arthur Homeless Veteran to Receive Military Funeral Monday

WHAT: Michael S. Godwin will receive a funeral service conducted with military honors Monday afternoon at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, proud member of the Dignity Memorial network in Port Arthur. Burial will be Tuesday afternoon at the Houston National Cemetery.

WHO: Michael S. Godwin, 63, served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1966 to 1968. Godwin was a private and Vietnam veteran who was a part of the 1st Battalion 8th Calvary 1st Air Calvary. Godwin received the Vietnam Service and Campaign medals. Originally from Sanford, N.C., Godwin spent his final years in Port Arthur and had no legal next-of-kin to make funeral arrangements.

WHERE: Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 4841 39th St., Port Arthur 

WHEN: Monday, October 21 at 1 p.m.

WHY: With more than 150,000 homeless veterans in the U.S., many whose remains are unclaimed at their death risk burial in paupers' graves. Through the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, one veteran won't be among them.

Working with various local agencies, the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program ensures homeless veterans in more than 35 cities receive dignified military burials when they die. Begun in 2000, the program has served more than 1,400 veterans to date.

The Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program is one of many efforts of the Dignity Memorial network to honor and support our nation's veterans and active military. Other initiatives and programs include the Veterans Planning Guide, educational veterans seminars and special pricing for members of veterans service organizations.

 

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