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Scores of people gather in Wyoming for funeral of unaccompanied veteran

Scores of people gather in Wyoming for funeral of unaccompanied veteran
They didn't know his name, and they didn't know his story. But Laramie County residents knew he was a veteran, and that was enough to draw them into the cold and wind for his funeral Wednesday morning.

Scores of people gather in Wyoming for funeral of unaccompanied veteran LARAMIE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE /FACEBOOK CHEYENNE, Wyo.But Laramie County residents knew he was a veteran, and that was enough to draw them into the cold and wind for his funeral Wednesday morning.Dickason was the first unaccompanied veteran seen by the Laramie County Coroner's Office this year, which means his next of kin or family members could not be located following his death in early December.Word of the funeral spread like wildfire from Laramie County Coroner Rebecca Reid's Facebook page, and residents showed up in droves to give Dickason the send-off a veteran deserves.

Any attempts from the Laramie County Coroner's Office to reach out to family and perhaps learn more about Dickason's life was unsuccessful.When an unaccompanied veteran is brought to the coroner's office, they are required to hold the body while they attempt to contact family.

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