Savannah Funeral Home Investigated

A Savannah funeral home is being investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two hundred forty-one headstones were confiscated from the Sidney A. Jones funeral home that should have been placed on veterans' graves.

Hundreds of gravestones line Evergreen Cemetery; many are for service to the US military. "It's important to know someone would care about you in 15, 20 years," said Lt. Paul Grassey (ret.). "That is what headstone should show."

But the funeral home is being investigated for holding the military headstones, which were never put up at the appropriate graves.

"The VA is obligated to honor the veteran's service with a final resting place, and a headstone and a marker," said the department's Jan Northstar. "It is absolutely unacceptable to us that the family was not provided this headstone or marker, and we just want to reach out to them."

It's a sad thought for veterans like Lt. Grassey. "It's not fair to the person, it's not fair to the person who passed away. They're the real hero."

Especially sad is the thought that the heroism is may not be known to future generations. "I have great grandchildren and I think one day they'll take a look to see what their great granddad did and you know it will be a thrill for them," Grassey said.

You can look at the list here, or call the VA at 1-800-697-6947.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com