George Taylor was a 71-year-old Vietnam Veteran who was to be buried with military honors. However, people nationwide are outraged over what the funeral home did to his corpse when the insurance payment for his burial ran one day late.
USArmy4Life reports that Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, refused to put Taylor in a casket because of a delayed burial life insurance payment.
Taylor’s son, James, says that they were given little notice prior to the scheduled visitation and were forced to make difficult decisions.
“At first we were okay with it but like I told the guy, I said this was very disrespectful to my dad,” Taylor recalled. “They came to me and told me that unless (the) nine thousand dollars were paid, they couldn’t put him into the ground at the military thing, he would have to sit in the freezer until we paid it or the insurance come through.”
A supporter of the family, Ella Moss, posted the following photo to Facebook and saw support for the family go viral:
In her post description, she wrote:
“This Is What Heritage Funeral Home Did To This United States Veteran. Heritage Was Told By Insurance Company That There (sic) Check Would Be There Tomorrow. They Had To Receive The Death Certificate First , Before Releasing The Check. … They Over Nighted The Checked To Them. But They Still Refused To Allow Him To Be Put In A (Casket). This Is How His Friends (and) Family Had To See Him. I am In Total Disbelief. Can Someone Please Help Me Get Ahold Of A News Reporter. I Can Not Find A Phone # For Them Anywhere. What A Disgrace They Have Done To This Soldier.”
Others shared old photos in a show of support for the Taylor family:
(1/2)This is Vietnam Vet, George Taylor. His son said Heritage funeral home refused to bury his dad due to finances pic.twitter.com/D6uRgtIjz9
— Alyssa Spirato (@ASpiratoNC9) May 12, 2017