Honoring those who proudly served in the US Military is a project that 75 year old City Islander Jimmy Mullarkey takes very seriously. The objective is to provide in a dignified fashion, and arrange funerals for veterans who are considered indigent, but have nevertheless defended our nation.
Upon family's request, the law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps.
However, when there is no family to speak of, the unclaimed bodies of these brave men and women are turned over by NYC Commissioner of Veteran Affairs. Terry Holiday to the Catholic War Veterans of America, who in turn relies on volunteers like NY State Commander Mullarkey, with the able assistance of fellow veteran Ray Powers to make all the necessary arrangements with officials at Brooklyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
This week, Aubrey Combs and Joseph Otis Jackson who both died earlier this year and whose families are unknown were finally laid to rest at Calverton National Cemetery.
Photo: Arlene Ross