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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