CANTON, Ga. (WXIA) -- An Army veteran who died without a home or family has been spared a pauper's funeral.
Former Army medic Wendell Doughty, who passed away surrounded by strangers, will receive a full military service thanks to an organization that cares for homeless veterans.
"It does make you sad," said Greg Free, a Marietta funeral home director. "You never want to believe anybody feels like they've been forgotten. That's what this man must have felt, like he was forgotten."
Doughty was one of the 150,000 military veterans nationwide who end up living on the streets. He had no wife or children. Those who got to know him as he neared death could find no next-of-kin, not even a photograph of the 50-year-old in his military uniform. He lived his last days in hospice care.
"He was facing being buried in a pauper's grave or a city grave," said Free. "With him being a vet, we wanted to make sure that didn't happen."