Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Station Helps Widow Get Burial Flag

Widow fights for burial flag for deceased veteran husband
KHOU 11 News
Alice Barr
January 8, 2016

The V.A. apologized and told KHOU 11 that Dee wasn't getting the right story. We connected her with the right person and within minutes, learned a flag was being mailed to her.
A local widow reached out to KHOU 11 News after fighting to get an American burial flag for her deceased husband who was a veteran.
(Photo: Family photo)
LA MARQUE, Texas - It's a long standing tradition that when a veteran dies, the V.A. gives their family a memorial flag.

But six months after a La Marque veteran passed away, his family is still waiting.

Ted Keeling was a fighter: for his country, serving eight years active duty in the US Army, for his family, and in the end, for his life, through a decade-long illness.

"He passed away June the 28," said his wife of 36 years, Dee Keeling-Milford.

Mr. Keeling chose to be cremated and have his ashes scattered.

"He wanted us to get a boat and take him to Port O'Connor, where he fished for 50 years, and feed the fish," said Keeling-Milford.

But there she found a new fight, with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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