By MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta
ATLANTA - An army veteran who served our country during the Vietnam War was laid to rest Wednesday morning at the Georgia National Cemetery.
The burial for Sergeant Jose Conrado Martinez -- who served two tours as an airborne paratrooper -- was the first under a new program to ensure that homeless vets receive the honors that they earned by their service.
Martinez, 72, was a veteran with no home, no money, and no legal next-of-kin to make his funeral arrangements. His wife had died in 1992. That's when H.M. Patterson and Son and the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program stepped in.
Thanks to the funeral home and the program, Martinez received a graveside service with full military funeral honors.
The program is new to Atlanta but has offices in over 30 cities. The burial was the first for the program in Georgia.
According to a statement released by H.M. Patterson and Son, the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program is a cooperative effort among Dignity Memorial funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, Georgia National Cemetery, the Georgia National Guard, Patriot Guard Riders, Gold Star Mothers of America, Friends of American Veterans, and the Fulton County Medical Examiners Office.