Fourth unaccompanied veteran in Rio Grande Valley laid to rest

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MISSION, Texas – An unaccompanied United States Army Veteran receives full military honors as hundreds gather to honor him at his burial service this morning. An entire community along with dozens of law enforcement officers and active duty military members came out to pay their final respects to SP4 Jack Calvin Burchfield.

Joe Fusco says, “It’s all volunteer when you join the military. You give a blank check to give up to our lives to defend our country and rights and constitution.”

Fusco is member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association which escorts unaccompanied veterans from anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley to their burial service.

“We give any fallen brother or sister that last ride whether they have family or not we will make sure no one ever goes on that last ride by themselves.”

Burchfield was laid to rest at 81 years of age. Although no family members were present at the ceremony, an on-site representative of the Veterans Land Board accepted the U.S. Flag on Burchfield’s behalf.

The flag will be held for 60 days for any family member to claim it. If not, the flag will be placed outside the cemetery in honor of Burchfield.

Jack Calvin Burchfield is the fourth unaccompanied veteran this year.

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