Final Mile

The Final Mile

This practice originated at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (JAHVA) in Tampa, FL and aims to ensure that all Veterans receive a dignified burial. The Final Mile was first implemented by a team at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL. This practice gathers community members and Veterans to honor the lives and service of unclaimed Veterans. This Practice establishes a protocol that can be initiated when a Veteran passes with no known next of kin (NOK). Specifically, the Final Mile combines the efforts of your local VA facility’s Decedent Affairs team with community support to provide memorial services for those Veterans that would otherwise receive little recognition upon their passing. With the help of VA facility staff and Veterans groups, such as the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association® (CVMA®), a procession can be organized to ensure that Veterans without next of kin receive care and concern upon passing. Implementing this practice ensures that all Veterans cared for by your facility are honored at the end of their lives.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Joseph Miller Sr.
Roland Simms
Kenneth Kunke
Thomas Mulkey
Robert Krause
Rose Phillips (WW II)
Ivan Bonville

James Belch
Ivery Hobley
Phoebe McAnn
Joel Butler
David Jackson
June Wilbur
Jerome Eisen

Arthur Lee White
Larry Bryant
Laurence Duke
Robert E. Palmisano
Harold Hays
Cecil Donald Talbot
Edward Vigil

Stanley Linkis
Paul Wolbert
Eugen Koski
Wallace Anderson Taylor
Duane Dewey (MOH)
Kimsi Tolleson
Leroy Williams

Troy McRae
John Hagan
Donald Rowell
Cornelius Davis
Victor Jones
William Savitsky