From 1964 to 1968, U.S. Navy aviation specialist airman Jerry Billings served in Vietnam.
This past Christmas Eve, the 69-year-old passed away. He was homeless at the time, and had no family to claim his remains. The OKC Veterans Connect posted a photo to Facebook with information about the funeral in Oklahoma City. The post quickly went viral, receiving thousands of shares.
Jerry would have been buried alone with no one there to honor his life and the sacrifices he made for our country. Instead, thanks to social media and the kind hearts of strangers, his funeral was attended by hundreds of people. From military personnel, to first responders, to fellow veterans, more than 750 people headed to the Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home in Del City to pay their respects to a man they never even met. When I saw the gang of “tough” bikers pull up to the funeral, I nearly burst out in tears.
The Dignity Memorial Network, a program that helps provide burial services for homeless veterans, helped pay for Jerry’s funeral. “Whatever happened in the preceding years when they ended up homeless and somebody had forgotten their name, we want to give them the opportunity to give their name back,” Jared Newman told KFOR. “We’ll honor him in death for a decision he made when he was in his 20s.”
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