Veterans and their spouses eligible for free burial at national cemetery

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Cremation Society of Illinois hosted the “Honoring Those Who Served” ceremony on Friday.

Representatives from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Vets Center, American Legion and VFW attended the luncheon at Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Road.

Chris Hill, who works as the program support assistant at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, says many families aren’t aware of funeral services that are available to service members.

Veterans and their spouses can be interred at a national cemetery for free.

“Most veterans have a bad taste in their mouth for the VA as a whole. So, we like to be able to come out and show the veterans that we all do care and we’re not going to just let them sit off to the side and not get the help that they need,” Hill said.

Organizers say they hope veterans and their families got a peace of mind from attending the event.


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