Writer works to get headstone for veteran
Feb. 22, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
In December, I found out that a family was trying to get a headstone for their father, a United States veteran buried in 2001 in Resurrection Cemetery in Victoria. I made contact with the son and was told that his father's last request was a military headstone. I was also informed that for the last 11 years, they had been told by this funeral home (in Victoria) that the headstone had been lost and then found but lost again.
In January, the son was told to make an appointment to discuss the headstone situation with the funeral home. A couple of days later, they called and told him they had to find the headstone paperwork first. I then made contact with the funeral home and was assured that as soon as the owner returns, he would take care of getting the headstone.
Well, two weeks have came and went, and no one from the funeral home has contacted the family. I have now gotten the paperwork to get a new headstone made and help bring some closure to this family. I cannot believe that a funeral home would treat a veteran this way.
Felipe Sanchez Jr., Sweeny