Bo’s Blessings honors unclaimed soldier with proper burial

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Fayetteville community came together to honor a local Navy veteran who served from 1974-1978.

Bo’s Blessings and the Fayetteville National Cemetery had a funeral service on January 26, 2021 to honor Sailor Mark Edward Scott.

He died at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks without anyone to claim his remains.

Robert “Zach” Stone, who serves as a Navy Reservist and is a JB Hunt Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG) member, said the sailor’s creed at Scott’s funeral.

“We don’t leave each other behind,” he said. “It’s one thing that I’ve learned through 12 years of service in the reserves.”

Entrance gate at Fayetteville National Cemetery. Photo from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Bo’s Blessings President Jannie Layne said the organization made the decision last year to adopt any unclaimed veteran and ensure they receive a burial with honors.

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