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Missing in America Project: Group helps bury unclaimed ashes

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They are the forgotten veterans. The men and women of the U.S. military who gave the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives while defending our country.

Their remains were unclaimed by family here in the U.S. But one group is making sure those soldiers won't be forgotten, and they're giving them the burial they deserve.

Nearly four dozen urns, lined up. Each one containing the remains of a soldier who died while fighting for our country.

"To leave them sitting in a funeral home for eternity it's just not right."

So members of the Missing in America Project and the Patriot Guard Riders are using this specially designed hearse to escort the remains of the fallen to their final resting place, at the National Memorial Cemetery in north Phoenix.

"We have vets all over the U.S. sitting in mortuaries, some over 55 years, that have been unclaimed and they deserve a dignified honorable burial," says Clyde Taylor of the Missing in America Project.

An event like this touches the hearts a lot of people. Veterans can't help but get choked up when they describe what this means to them.

"I'm from the Chicago area and that doesn't happen in Chicago -- Phoenix is really proud of its vets. It's pretty cool," says Vietnam vet Bill Jackson.

The Missing in America Project has buried over 2,800 unclaimed remains. But they say there are still over 50,000 that still need to be laid to rest.

"And eventually we will run out of a job which will be a good thing that means they've all received their burial."

Online: www.miap.us 

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