PORTLAND, Ore. — She may have died alone, but Oregon’s veteran community turned out in force Monday to send the message that Casey Kathleen Finnegan is part of a family.

The 66-year-old former Air Force Airman died in her low-income apartment. Monday, she was buried at Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors.

“Her passing is a reminder to us that we can do better, we should do better and we must do better in serving our veterans,” said service celebrant Canada Taylor.

Finnegan’s memorial was donated by Dignity Memorial Lincoln Park Funeral Home, part of the Homeless Veteran Burial program. Finnegan was the first woman laid to rest as part of the program.