Morgue Martin and a national non-profit organization partner to provide free and dignified military services

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (KKCO / KJCT) – After the FBI raided the Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose last year, our local funeral home industry was put under the microscope.

A funeral home in Grand Valley wants to change that.

"Some people phoned to tell us about our concerns, and rumors told us that we did not have a crematorium, which is not true and we have never been affiliated with it," said Richard Lewis, Executive Director. from Martin Mortuary. .

The Martin morgue has been serving the Grand Valley for over 100 years.

"They are respectful, kind and kind people, and sometimes a bad apple spoils everyone," said Mike Shults, a volunteer with Missing in America Project.

They teamed up with the Missing in America project to get every veteran to receive the military honors he deserves. They also cover the cost.

"I am the mother of a veteran and so I am automatically attached to veterans," said Leann Leffler-Foote.

"It's a non-profit organization that searches, identifies and buries veterans," said Shults.

Martin Mortuary recounts that "in 2006, they had a room filled with urns on which nobody ever came back to look.

"Sometimes they do not have family … so we transferred them to a Lindo Mountain Mausoleum in Denver and sometimes someone could call and want to pick up one of the urns … we were fortunate that the Missing in America project was born and we are now able to honor those veterans and veterans' wives who went there and who did not not received their military honors, "said Mr. Lewis.

At the end of March, they will finally be buried in the Grand Junction Veterans Cemetery.

"I was a veteran of the Navy and one of the things that had always been promised to us was an honorable and honorable funeral, and I want to make sure that all veterans benefit from it," he said. said Shults.

If you have a relative who was a veteran and would like to know more about this program, call Mike at 970-260-8080 or call Martin Mortuary at 970-243-1538.