The Heritage Funeral Home recently disrespected a 71-year-old Vietnam veteran after he passed away.
Taylor died on May 8 and was to be buried with military honors at Chattanooga National Cemetery, but those plans hit a snag when his father’s insurance company delayed paying for the funeral services required.
When George Taylor died, his insurance company delayed paying for his casket. The funeral home decided to place his corpse on a table and drape an American flag over it, rather than provide a casket and receive the payment a few days later.
“They came to me and told me that unless that nine thousand dollars was paid, they couldn’t put him into the ground, he would have to sit in the freezer until we paid it or (until) the insurance came through,” Taylor said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
David Cummings with the funeral home told WTVC, “We were trying to honor the request and let them have some closure by viewing their loved one.”
Managing Director at Heritage Funeral Home Ben Friberg told WRCB that when a family cannot pay for their services up-front, they are encouraged to seek financial help from local organizations.
The Chattanooga National Cemetery told WTVC they contacted the funeral home after a cemetery employee shared the story with them. Cemetery Director Charles Arnold said the funeral home assured him that Taylor would be placed in a proper casket for the burial.
“We wanted to make sure that this burial would meet our standards as we would do with every veteran,” said Arnold.
Taylor was laid to rest Friday afternoon.
That funeral home should be ashamed of themselves. That is no way to treat a veteran. Taylor risked his life in Vietnam so that we could live free.
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