He befriended the ashes of a Vietnam veteran. Now he has to let him go.

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Not the dutiful neighbor they gave it to, who knew the dog tags found with it had to mean something and called a friend at MacDill Air Force Base. And not Rivera, who ended up with the ashes.

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(Tribune News Service) ‘ Larry Rivera drove over the Gandy Bridge with the ashes of a man he’d never met.

This was before he was on a first-name basis with the urn. It was before he figured out whose ashes were in it.

No one was sure what to do. Not the tenants who found the black and gold urn abandoned in the crawlspace of their St. Petersburg rental home. Not the dutiful neighbor they gave it to, who knew the dog tags found with it had to mean something and called a friend at MacDill Air Force Base.

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Rivera is a fixer at MacDill Air Force Base. He’s jocular, fast-talking and tireless at 66, a former Army captain working as a special case advocate for U.S. Special Operations Command’s Warrior Care Program.

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