Bodies of unclaimed Army vets get free burials at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

With no family to claim them, two homeless Detroit Army…

With no family to claim them, two homeless Detroit Army veterans were laid to rest Monday after they spent years in the Wayne County morgue.

About 90 people, including members of the Michigan Patriot Guard and the Honor Guard attended the service for Anthony Bullock and William Roland Jr. at Great Lakes Memorial Cemetery in Holly.

Roland died in May 2007 at age 78; Bullock died in June 2009 at age 58. Both died of heart disease in their Detroit apartments.

Funeral services for the men were donated by Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester, under the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program. Through the program, homeless and indigent veterans who have no family to claim them are given a military burial.

Since it started in 2000, the burial program has handled funeral services for more than 1,000 veterans nationwide, said John Desmond, manager of Pixley Funeral Home.

Roland and Bullock were the first in Michigan to be buried under the program, Desmond said.

Source: RoNeisha Mullen for The Detroit News.

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