CHICAGO -- Jerry Schoppe spent 20 years in the Army, serving at posts worldwide. For his 25th birthday he dodged bullets in a dugout in the Vietnam War, and when he dies the Plainfield, Ill., resident wants to be buried at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
"It is something that I feel I have earned by standing out there and letting someone shoot at me," said Schoppe, 70, commander of Cantigny Post 367 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Joliet, Ill.
"Plus, there's a lot of comrades buried there," he said. "Most of the people out there have gone through some similar stuff to what I have gone through."
Requests from people such as Schoppe have increased each year since the cemetery in southwest suburban Elwood opened in 1999.