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When A Homeless Veteran Froze To Death, The U.S. Marine Corps Stepped In And Did THIS For His Family
Jerry Jerome Jackson, 58, had built a makeshift shake in a St. Paul, Minnesota park that didn’t protect him from the death grips of the freezing temperatures.
Normally his death would have been swept under the rug, but a local newspaper published a few articles about the veteran and the community started coming together to support him in his honor.
He was given a free funeral by the local funeral home and a church provided free music and a memorial for the fallen veteran. And most heartwarming of all…
The United States Marine Corps honored Jackson with a 21-gun salute and provided him with a full military funeral and honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
“This is overwhelming to me,” Jerry’s brother, Don Jackson told Fox 9. “It’s overwhelming.”
“Some of us knew Jerry. We were saddened and shocked to hear of his death,” said Pastor Brian Scoles of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church which was located near the park in which Jerry died. “Truth be told, his death was tragic. We don’t have to pretend otherwise. Dying homeless in a park during a bitterly cold winter is sad and a tragic way to die.”
Don was the only member of Jerry’s family who made it to his funeral and the fact is, he almost didn’t make it. Investigators had to locate Don in Missouri as the two brothers had been estranged for years.
Jerry had suffered from schizophrenia and other mental health problems that forced him onto the street, his brother Don told reporters.
But Don was proud of his brother and completely moved by the service her received.
In America more than 500,000 people live homeless on city streets. And a third of those people have no shelter at night to protect them from frigid winter temperatures. Every year 37,000 homeless die. And 50,000 of the homeless are veterans.
SOURCE: American Overlook