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A Vietnam vet's funeral ignited social media outcry because he wasn't in a coffin


A dispute erupted on social media following circulating images and video of a veteran's funeral in which the corpse is on display without a coffin, affiliate KATV reported. As of 1 p.m. Friday, a post published by Ella Moss has been shared more than 1,800 times.

Family members of the deceased Vietnam vet, George Taylor, said the Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, refused to place him in a casket because of problems with life insurance payment. Taylor's son, James Taylor, said the family was given little to no notice of the problem prior to the visitation. 

He also said the funeral home refused to bury his father until they received payment.

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After speaking with funeral home representatives, they said they did what the family requested and did nothing wrong. They also claimed that they began receiving death threats from the community since the photo began circulating on social media.

After a cemetery worker got wind of the story, the director of the Chattanooga National Cemetery contacted the funeral home and was told Taylor would be placed in a proper casket for the burial.

As word began to spread, many on social media began to pay tribute to the veteran while his body was transported to the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The woman, Tiffany Lambert, later shared in a Facebook post, "I had to. Someone has to show this man the respect he deserves I only played the song as they loaded this American Soldier up - Thank you sir for your service and God Bless The USA!"

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