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Next-of-kin sought for deceased Navy Vet

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Unaccompanied Veteran burial to be held at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery

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Today, the Texas Veterans Land Board announced that on Thursday, Feb.27, at 2 p.m. sharp, the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi will conduct an Unaccompanied veteran burial for SR Don Lesley Ward. Born on July 22, 1956, Mr. Ward served in the United States Navy from Aug. 6, 1975 to Dec. 15, 1976.

Mr. Ward is not expected to have anyone attend his burial. Please help us spread the word and ensure that our United States Navy Veteran is not buried alone. Members of the Corpus Christi community are encouraged to attend.

Don Lesley Ward will receive military honors. If no next-of-kin is present at the burial, the On-Site Representative of the Veterans Land Board will accept the United States flag on Mr. Ward’s behalf.

The Texas Veterans Land Board works with the local community and fellow veterans service organizations to ensure that no Veteran is ever left behind. 

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  • Service for SR Don Lesley Ward, U.S. Navy veteran
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.
  • Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, 9974 IH 37 Access Road , Corpus Christi, TX 78410


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