The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen will conduct an unaccompanied veteran burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, for Petty Officer 2nd Class Bruce David Clements, a United States Navy veteran. Clements served in the Navy from 1968 to 1971 and has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor device, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He is not expected to have anyone attend his funeral, as no next-of-kin are able to attend.
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery staff has coordinated with the Fort Hood Casualty Office to ensure that Clements will receive full military honors. If no next-of-kin presents themselves at the ceremony, the on-site representative of the Veterans Land Board will accept the United States flag on Goodson’s behalf.
The Veterans Land Board, which runs the cemetery, works with the local community and fellow veterans support groups to ensure that no veteran is left behind after they pass away. The Central Texas community is encouraged to attend.
The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery is at 11463 State Highway 195 in Killeen.