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DENVER -- A Northern Colorado family is looking for answers to finally lay their beloved war hero, husband, father and grandfather to rest.

Randy Collins was a United States Air Force veteran who passed away from natural causes at age 59 in September of 2014. More than a year later his grave site still lies without a headstone.

“Everybody deserves a headstone,” Andrea Collins, Randy’s daughter said. “Everybody deserves a name and everybody matters.”

For 16 months, the Collins family has come to what they call their father’s “area.” Not a grave site. They say it’s difficult every time they visit because they haven’t been able to fully lay him to rest with a proper headstone.

“It’s not real yet because he doesn’t have a headstone,” Andrea said.

The family can’t afford a headstone, and they’ve had trouble getting through to the Veterans Affairs office who according to their website offers a headstone to any veteran that was honorably discharged.

“Everybody deserves to be recognized that they were here,” Andrea said. “They had footprints here in the ground and they did something for us.”

The FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers stepped in, contacted the VA’s office, and they said they are going to help the family.

The Collins family has also set up a GoFundMe account for donations.

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