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State Guard volunteers make sure veterans get proper burials

State Guard volunteers make sure veterans get proper burials (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Veterans are being buried without honors because fallen veterans are out numbering active military, so volunteers are stepping in to serve as honor guard.

"There's a tremendous amount of loss going on. Those from World War II you hear about quite often, they're passing away at an extraordinary rate and there aren't enough active duty servicemen in the military these days to accommodate all that," said Kenneth Grigg of the South Carolina State Guard.

The State Guard trains with the national guard so that they are fully certified to perform honor guard for fallen veterans in South Carolina.

"We travel wherever we need to go, whenever we need to go to perform that function," said Grigg.

And they do it all for free. The State Guard is a volunteer based organization who pays for their own uniforms and travel to funerals.

"I'm happy to do it. It's a sense of pride that I can't get from anything else," said Adam Kennedy of the South Carolina State Guard.

"They all served, they all deserve this, they all sacrificed, and their families. That's what this is partially about is the families," said Grigg.

South Carolina citizens ages 17 to 70 can join the State Guard. For more information you can go to their website.

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