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EVERY VETERAN DESERVES TO BE BURIED WITH HONOR

This is a personal account of one family's double tragedy. On Jan. 12, my dad passed away. He was 67 years old and recently diagnosed with cancer. Dad was an Airman 1st Class in the Air Force in the Korean War, who was discharged as a 60 percent disabled American veteran.

My brother called the Veterans of Foreign War Leonard Post and spoke with the commander. They arranged an honor guard and a graveside presentation of the flag. That evening the commander called back and said that since my father was not a member of their post, they would not send anybody to honor his memory. This hurt and angered our family.

My brother, who is in law enforcement, arranged for an officer from the Niagara Falls Air Force Base to attend. He came disciplined, respectful and professional in full-dress uniform. He presented my oldest brother with the flag in memory of my father's service to his country. The A-District of the Buffalo Police Department also sent two officers to escort my dad and my family through the funeral procession. Their kindness is something our family will never forget.

It appears on the surface that the VFW posts honor those who have served in the Armed Forces. However, it seems to this family that if one is not a member of that particular post, it's just a social club. Every veteran deserves to be buried with honor and dignity.

KATHY RIGOLI

Buffalo

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