As a Veteran, you may qualify for Burial and Memorial Benefits
at NO COST to your family.
YOUR SEVEN SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS MAY INCLUDE:
* Gravesite (Any National Cemetery with Available Space)
* Headstone or Marker
* Opening and Closing the Grave
* Perpetual Care
* United States Burial Flag
* Military Funeral Honors
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS MAY INCLUDE:
*Allowance for other funeral (to be claimed at time of death)
*Monies to offset transportation cost to a National Cemetery (to be claimed at time of death)
*Plot allowance for a gravesite outside a National Cemetery (to be claimed at time of death)
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SCHEDULING A PERSONAL APPOINTMENT IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME AND A FREE REVIEW OF YOUR 'DOCUMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION', CALL AND LEAVE A MESSAGE AT
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no government-contracted mortuaries. This means the Veteran and their family are solely responsible for retaining and paying for the services of a private mortuary. These services can be arranged before death occurs AND are required before arrival and burial at a National Cemetery.
The Veterans Burial Program works with a large number of mortuaries in Southern California and can recommend a "Veteran-Friendly" mortuary to you. These mortuaries offer "Advance Planning" and include financing that will work with your budget.
A Word to Veterans from the National Cemetery Administration:
"To arrange for burial service of cremation you
should enlist the help of a funeral home...You may
select a funeral home of your choice and
make pre-arrangements with them..."
Professionally trained, state-licensed Veterans Burial Program counselors assist
Veterans and their families in designing a customized, personal funeral plan.
This plan includes:
*Carefully and thoughtfully discussing your burial or cremation options.
* Obtaining and filing copies of military discharge paperwork (DD-214).
* Obtaining and filing proof of marriage documentation for eligible spouses.
* Preparing Vital Statistics Information for the Death Certificate.
*Issuing an Emergency Identification Card.
* Filing necessary authorization forms on your behalf with the Mortuary.
* Guiding you through the funding options that fit your specific budget.
Our trained counselors will help you to understand the following:
What are the eligibility requirements for burial in a VA National Cemetery?
What is the U.S Burial Flag Program?
How does the Military Honors Ceremony work?
What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?
What are my Social Security Benefits?
What are the Necessary 'Eligibility Determination' Documents?
Is my Spouse Eligible for Burial at a National Cemetery?
Important Advice from the Riverside National Support Committee:
"There is no better time that NOW to decide what you want and to
let your loved ones know. The best reason to plan for that final event
is to make is easier on your survivingspouse and family members.
Sometimes departure from this life is abrupt - instantly turning your loved one's
world upside down. Even if you know it is eminent, it is extremely
difficult. All through life we learn to plan. We plan for college, marriage,
careers and retirement. Why is it that relatively few people plan for their
Final Roll Call?"
"HONORING VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION"
Less than 12% of eligible Veterans in Southern California are taking advantage of their entitlements at a National Cemetery. Many Veterans unnecessarily purchase private cemetery property because they are unaware of their Burial and Memorial Benefits through the Veterans Affairs.