Homeless Veteran Burial Program Marks 15 Years of Service to Veterans
HOUSTON, July 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) and its brand Dignity Memorial, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with local government agencies have utilized their resources for the past 15 years to honor 1600 forgotten heroes through the SCI Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial program.
The SCI Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial program has provided dignified services for unclaimed veterans in 32 states around the country since its inception in 2000 including the world's largest full military honors service for 20 homeless veterans in New York City. It was attended by hundreds of police officers, firefighters, as well as city and state officials.
The program provides identification, preparation, transportation, clothing, casket and coordination of a full military honors funeral service. Eligible veterans also receive the opening and closing of the gravesite, a grave liner, a headstone or market, a graveside ceremony and burial in a national cemetery.
"Through the program, homeless and indigent veterans who have no family are identified and provided with a proper military burial," says Michael R. Webb, SCI's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Nearly 1.5 million veterans are at risk of becoming homeless and going hungry. I'm proud that SCI and Dignity Memorial provide comfort to those who have served our country."
To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.dignitymemorial.com.
About Service Corporation International
Service Corporation International, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is North America's leading provider of death care products and services. As of March 31, 2015, SCI owned and operated 1,558 funeral homes and 465 cemeteries in 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Through its business, SCI markets the Dignity Memorial brand, which offers assurance of quality, value, caring service and exceptional customer satisfaction. For more information about Service Corporation, please visit www.sci-corp.com.
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