Funeral homes in Missouri have come under fire in recent years when family members would finally come forward wanting their loved one’s remains. Now, the Missouri Veterans Commission says that won’t happen. Mike Bell is the Public Information Officer for the commission and gives the example of the military turning over a veterans remains to an organization like his for burial.
“And a month later, a family member shows up, and wants to claim those remains at that point. This keeps funeral homes and funeral service providers from being liable for that situation. Bell says you wouldn’t believe what can happen to veterans after they die.
“There’s no telling how many remains are in the State of Missouri. Recently, back in May, we did a service at our Jacksonville, Missouri Cemetery with the remains of a World War I veteran who had been unclaimed since 1928.”
He said since Governor Jay Nixon signed the legislation last year, veterans organizations, not funeral homes work with families to claim a veterans remains after that veteran has been buried.