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Patriot Guard escorts fallen veteran to final resting place in Leavenworth

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A veteran who died without any family and was homeless for several years, was escorted by a Patriot Guard to his final resting place Friday.

James Scott

James Scott

James Scott told his social worker that he wanted to be buried in Leavenworth.

Scott was 59-years old and served from 1977-1980.   After his parents and a sibling died in an earthquake in California, his wife was his only family left.  After she died Scott started living on the streets.

Amber Bauer's agency found Scott a home in July of 2015.  She says he volunteered in order to give back for what he was given.

Friday's Patriot Guard escort of 25 riders will mark their one hundredth ride this year.  The Patriot Guard is a completely volunteer organization.

"It's an opportunity for us to give back to those who have served our country," Ride captain Randy "Pops" Vogel said. "It's really an honor for us to honor those veterans, and normally it's at a time when their family is going through one of the worst days of their lives, and today we are standing in as James' family."

The Patriot Guard's motto is "standing for those who stood for us".

Patriot Guard escort for veteran James Scott.

Patriot Guard escort for veteran James Scott.