Family Sues After Vet's Body Left In Garage For Months

The family of an Army veteran is suing a Virginia funeral home for $60 million dollars, claiming it mishandled his body.

The allegations come in four separate lawsuits filed by grandchildren of retired Army Col. Andrew DeGraff. One of them, Marian Savage of Springfield, Va., says her grandfather served his country dutifully in three wars and "deserved in death what he provided in life."

Instead, the lawsuits say, National Funeral Home left his body in an unrefrigerated garage for more than two months before its burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

An investigation by The Washington Post reported as many as 200 bodies were stored in the funeral home's garage.

The Virginia funeral home is owned by Texas-based Service Corp. International. Six years ago, SCI paid $100 million to settle a class
action lawsuit filed by hundreds of Florida families. They accused its cemeteries of misplacing bodies, losing track of plots and in some cases digging up remains to make room for new graves.


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  • by Big Daddy Dan Location: Yeopim Road on Apr 21, 2009 at 03:02 AM
    People who sue for incredible sums of money when this sort of thing happens are just looking to get rich. THAT'S what it's all about, my friends.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    No veteran is worth $60 million.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    I am outraged with the family and friends of the decease. Is this funeral home SHUT DOWN?
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    They need their liscence revoked and to be closed down. I agree that an investigation in =to who awarded the contract needs to be looked in to. This is horrible. I appreciate our service menr and women who protect me and my family daily. Thank you to our veterans and active duty military.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Apr 20, 2009 at 03:48 AM
    This funeral home needs to be shut down. They have no respect for people or their families, not even the law. I would have sued too!
  • by disgusted Location: belhaven, nc on Apr 19, 2009 at 04:48 PM
    How did/does this company keep the Government contract. They were already sued for mis-conduct, etc. What smart Government contract analyst missed this info and awarded this contract? Probably a relative or someone getting kick backs from the company. Hope someone investigates the contract award on this one.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    This just proves that the is a small group of us who don't care about our veterans.
  • by George W on Apr 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    Bush is from Texas.
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