Monday, June 5, 2017

Missing In America Project Solemn Work For Thousands of Forgotten Veterans

Missing in America Project works to inter the unclaimed remains of veterans
St. Augustine Record
Jared Keever
June 4, 2017
Since that time, it has located just shy of 15,000 remains — often referred to as “cremains” — and identified 3,418 of those as veterans.
Kathy Church is Florida State Coordinator for the Missing in America Project, a group that works to identify and inter unclaimed cremated remains of veterans. (PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM)
For the last five years, Kathy Church has volunteered a portion of her time working to secure a proper, final resting place for men and women who have served their country. It is quiet, solemn work that gives her satisfaction.

“This is my way of giving back to the veterans,” Church said Wednesday, sitting in a conference room at The Record.

She had just left Craig Funeral Home where she and a small group of volunteers will be focusing their efforts in the coming months.

Church is the Florida coordinator for the Missing in America Project, an organization that identifies and collects the unclaimed cremated remains of veterans and has them interred in national cemeteries.

The national, nonprofit organization started in 2007.
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