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Veteran to help with unclaimed remains at funeral homes

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Last week TV5 told you about unclaimed remains sitting dormant at funeral homes across Mid-Michigan, some of them are local veterans.

Many veterans who saw the story were touched and saddened by the shocking truth and wanted to help.

"It touched my heart. It's too bad that something like that's gotta happen," said William Theaker, commander of the VFW in Carrollton Township.

Theaker served in the Marine Corps from 1960 to 1965. He watched TV5's report last week about unclaimed remains sitting at funeral homes.

"These people are serving their country. They're trying to keep us safe and that's what it's all about, honoring them," he said.

Theaker is also a Patriot Guard Rider and helps out with military funerals.

"We've been to funerals where there's only one person sometimes and it's just sad there's no family left or something, or they don't have a family," Theaker said.

He believes each of them should be honored for their life spent serving their country.

"Any veteran deserves a military funeral," Theaker said.

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