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[–] luckyguy 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Who cares about them being a veteran. It's still nice for people to show up to a funeral for someone who doesn't have a lot of contacts. Having fewer contacts isn't that uncommon towards the last third of a person's life so it's nice to see one of the many people who often won't get many people to honor them as they pass have people show up.

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[–] NeedleStack 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That is touching however:

Vine lived the last 20 years of her life at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Center in Washington.

Surely they allow visitors from non-relatives? It would have been nice for well-meaning strangers to volunteer there and meet residents? I'm trying not to sound like a jerk.. this story is seriously making me consider doing something like that in my neighborhood.

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[–] happycatsunshine 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have heard of groups (often compromised of other veterans) who visit, though I think the one I know best stays around more when the person is dying so that they don't die alone. I remember their statement being "no veteran dies alone".

If it's something you think youd want to do in your community, I am sure it'd be appreciated, you'd probably brighten some people's days.

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[–] Owlchemy [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

True, valid point. I think there are groups that do so. Of course, independent action is even more personal and likely appreciated. Good thought.