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What This Woman Does for Families of Fallen Soldiers Will Warm Your Heart

December 17, 2013
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What This Woman Does for Families of Fallen Soldiers Will Warm Your Heart
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"When a stranger dies for you, that's humbling," she says.

Lorraine Melgosa calls herself a “podunk cowgirl,” but the many families of fallen servicemen and women whom she’s helped consider her a godsend. Ever since 2005 when a soldier from Melgosa’s home town of Manzanola, Colo. died, she’s provided a team of Percheron horses and a hand-carved carriage from 1867 to send off the fallen with grace and dignity, free of charge to their families. She’s transported her horses all over Colorado to help with more than 50 funerals. Melgosa is retiring this year, but she won’t be forgotten by the many families she ministered to in their most difficult times.  “When a stranger dies for you, that’s humbling,” she told Chris Vanderveen of 9News.

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