Kentucky funeral home providing military funeral to veteran with no family
LANCASTER, Ky. (WDRB) – A Kentucky veteran who died on July 29 with no known family will receive a full military funeral on Thursday, thanks to the owners of a funeral home who had no connection to him.
“He was a veteran in the Navy in Vietnam,” said Zach Young with Ramsey Funeral Home. “ We don't have any information on rank or anything like that. He was 66-years-old and his name was Don Kaas and honestly, that's all we needed to know.”
Young and his father took it upon themselves to give Kaas a proper military burial on Thursday.
“As soon as we were contacted about it me and dad talked about it and we felt kind of obligated,” Young said.
The funeral will be held at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
“It took a couple days to get everything situated to where we could get him here,” Young said.
Young said it took about a week of talking with the VA Medical Center, but eventually Kaas’ body was released so the burial could be performed. For Young, he says it was a no brainer to take on the burden of the burial.
"My grandfather fought in Vietnam,” he said, “My great grandfather was World War II. It's just something that we needed to.”
The Ramsey Funeral Home is asking that anyone who wants to donate money instead donate to any military charity. Money, Young said, is the last thing they are worried about.
“Time and effort is those guys out there fighting for our country right now. That's time and effort,” Young said.
The burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
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