Donald Trump made it clear over the course of the campaign that if elected, he would do everything in his power to take care of our veterans and fix the broken Veterans Affairs system that Obama allowed to plague our heroes for years.
This greatly highlighted the biggest difference between Obama and Trump. Obama had eight years to help our veterans and get them the care they desperately needed — but he didn’t care and he failed to do anything meaningful about it. But now we have a president that has great respect for our military and those who sacrificed their lives to keep us all safe.
Trump understands that without the brave men and women in uniform, we aren’t able to enjoy the many freedoms and opportunities they fought for. The most recent example of a veteran being treat horribly came when George Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran, experienced a disastrous situation that has many upset.
When friends and family went to the Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia to visit him, they noticed that Taylor’s body was not in a coffin. It was laid on top of a table with the American flag draped over him. The funeral home claims they weren’t able to put him in a coffin because they were waiting on a $9,000 payment to come out of Taylor’s life insurance.
The insurance company claimed they needed to see Taylor’s death certification before they sent the payment to the funeral home, but the check did not arrive in time.
“This is how his friends an (sic) family had to see him,” Elizabeth Moss, a close friend of the family, wrote in a Facebook post, along with a photo of the scene. “I am in total disbelief.”
James, Taylor’s son, said that he did not think the funeral did what they promised they would do for his father. He highlighted that he felt it was very disrespectful with how they handled it.
“At first we were okay with it but like I told the guy, I said this was very disrespectful to my dad,” he told News Channel 9.
“They came to me and told me that unless the $9,000 dollars were paid, they couldn’t put him into the ground at the military thing, he would have to sit in the freezer until we paid it or the insurance come through,” James added as it was easy to see that he was upset by the situation.
(1/2)This is Vietnam Vet, George Taylor. His son said Heritage funeral home refused to bury his dad due to finances pic.twitter.com/D6uRgtIjz9
— Alyssa Spirato (@ASpiratoNC9) May 12, 2017
However, Ben Friberg, a Managing Partner at Heritage Funeral Home, told Fox5 that the story was inaccurate and that people across social media were not telling his side of the story — which is that he failed spectacularly to give a veteran the respect he deserved.
We did everything as we were instructed to do by the family. Every family we serve has a way and reason for why they want to do things. We do that because it’s an honor for us to serve all families. Money is not an issue. Money is never an issue for why we should serve a family. Our hearts are broken with how we’ve been portrayed by the news and social media. Family members have gone on record to say our funeral home has done nothing wrong. We take the utmost care and dignity, and there was never anything done because of negligence.
The entire situation is terrible and it should never have been allowed to happen. Both parties did agree to conduct a viewing at the funeral home without the coffin, but this was not the proper way to go about it — especially for a veteran.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said:
[Veterans] have been treated very badly.That includes – veterans’ choice so veterans can either attend a public V.A. facility or if they have to wait online like they’ve been doing, sometimes for as much as seven days and then still not get proper care, they’ll go to a private medical center or they’ll go to a private or public or something, they will go outside .they’ll go to a private doctor, they’ll go to a private hospital, they’ll go to a public hospital. We’re going to get them care and we’re going to pay for their – that care. We have the greatest people on Earth in our military. We don’t take care of our veterans.
Whether we are talking about healthcare, the broken VA system, or veterans simply not getting the respect they deserve, we have to address these issues. Why didn’t the funeral home wait until the check came and then give the family a casket so that they can give this hero the proper funeral he deserved? This isn’t just one persons fault, but the act itself is disgraceful and is a perfect example of how we should never treat our veterans!