After Army Pfc. Harold M. Lewis died homeless in Chicago with no family to speak for him, he was set to be buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. But other veterans stepped in, giving the Korean War veteran a military funeral.
Vietnam War veteran Jack Picciolo first met Lewis while serving sandwiches to the homeless with former Marine Jim Proffitt, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. After discovering that Lewis had committed suicide, they contacted funeral home director and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary member Ted Tylka. Tylka was able to provide free service through the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program.