Portland burial No. 1,000 for indigent vet program

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The burial of a Navy veteran Wednesday at Willamette National Cemetery will be the 1,000th in a national program that provides military honors to homeless, indigent vets.

Stevenson L. Roy died of natural causes Dec. 16, and Multnomah County officials found records that showed he served during the Vietnam War.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/CRbc2s ) no family members could be found, so the funeral is being handled by the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home through the Dignity Memorial program, which started in 2000.

Roy's funeral will feature a rifle volley, taps and a flag presentation.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com