OWEGO (WBNG) -- The Director of the Tioga County Veterans Service Agency was given a solemn new responsibility at this week's legislative meeting.
Director Michael Middaugh was appointed as the indigent burrial designee for Tioga County.
That means it's his job to coordinate funeral arrangements for county veterans who aren't able to afford a proper burial, or don't have family members who are able to arrange one.
He says all veterans took the same oath, and therefore all veterans deserve the same honors upon their death.
"The idea is that no veteran should ever be forgotten or ever die without getting the burial that they deserve," he said. "Every veteran who has honorably served has the right to be buried in a national cemetery with full military honors at that time and we want to make sure that happens for any veteran in this county."
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