Four Homeless Veterans Finally Receive Burial

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TOPEKA,Kan. (WIBW) -- Friday marked the final chapter for four veterans whose bodies laid in the Shawnee Co. Morgue for months - until a state veterans group stepped in - and have now all been buried with honors at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

On a very cold 9 degree day, including wind chill, veterans groups and community members stood outside in that wind and snow to pay their last respects to these veterans.

Last December, we learned five veterans had been in the Shawnee Co. Morgue for quite some time, unclaimed and forgotten by their families and contacted the state commission for veterans affairs.

As a result, Vietnam veterans Clarke Paul Gould and Robert Lee Norris as well as fellow veterans Ramsey Phillips and James Allen Young were buried with military honors at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Once the Commission on Veterans Affairs was alerted to the unclaimed veterans, the agency worked with Shawnee Co. and Penwell Gabel Funeral Home to have the veterans prepared for burial and buried with the honors they deserve.