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Unclaimed veteran from Berks laid to rest with honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

A veteran from Reading whose remains had been unclaimed by family received a funeral service with full military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery thanks to a local nonprofit group.

The remains of Jean Matz, a Navy veteran who died April 2, were delivered to the cemetery Monday by Veterans Making A Difference, which is based in Reading.

The Marine Corps League performed a 21-gun salute during the service, and after taps was played a folded American flag was presented to Janine Shapiro, a friend and neighbor of Matz’s.

Shapiro donated the flag back to the cemetery’s administration office so it can be flown on Indiantown Gap’s Avenue of Flags, as each flag is only used for one service.

There were about 20 people attending, including the Patriot Guard motorcycle group, all of whom came to support a veteran’s funeral service.

This is at least the 14th veteran — and the first female veteran — that Veterans Making A Difference has taken to the cemetery since 2016.

The nonprofit pays the Berks County coroner’s office to claim the remains so the office can reimburse the funeral home that handled the cremation.

Liz and Doug Graybill, who founded Veterans Making a Difference, then schedule the ceremony and transports the remains.

Source: Berkshire mont

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