Homeless Burials

Homeless veterans buried with honor

Last month's death of Harold Dean Harris in an abandoned building in Dallas might have led to a pauper's grave. But papers found among his few belongings allowed the 63-year-old former soldier to be buried with full military fanfare. Harris and another homeless vet, Hayden Glyn Kresge, were laid to rest yesterday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Kresge died last month at a Dallas hospital. No friends or family came, and no old Army buddies swapped stories. But a few officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs were there to pay tribute, and a group of homeless men acted as pallbearers. The peace of the morning air was broken with a 21-gun salute fired by a group of paralyzed veterans. The ceremony was arranged by the VA and a nationwide funeral home network, Dignity Memorial Funeral Providers, which provides dignified burials for destitute vets.