Local Veterans or their families can start the process for pre-need
arrangements for a veteran’s burial at a VA National Cemetery.

To begin the process and to apply, you’ll need you (or your sponsor’s):

» Social Security number

» Date and place of birth

» Military status and service history (i.e., service dates, discharge character, and rank—commonly found on the DD214 or other separation documents)

» Discharge papers (DD214 or other separation documents)

Note: If you don’t have discharge papers, find out how to request the DD214, visit www.va.gov/records/get-military-service-records/

Burials and Services

» VA national cemetery burials.
For eligible Veterans and loved ones, VA national cemetery burials involve the opening and closing of the gravesite, inscribed headstones or markers, a burial flag, award of the Presidential Memorial Certificate, and perpetual care of the gravesite

» Casket or cremation burials. VA national cemeteries can provide services for traditional casket or cremation burials.

» Private cemetery burials and allowances. VA may accord eligible Veterans and family members who elect to hold private cemetery burials with memorial benefits that include headstones, markers, or medallions to mark the gravesite, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate. VA may also provide burial allowances toward a family’s burial and funeral costs. VA gravesites cannot be reserved, although arrangements
can be made with funeral homes in advance. At the time of need, contact a funeral home to arrange a burial at a national cemetery.

For more information, call the National Cemetery Administration at 800.535.1117 from Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Additional information can be found at www.cem.va.gov

For more information and resources, including an appointment with the Veterans Resource Officer, visit the City’s Veterans Resource Center at the Pico Rivera Senior Center, or call 562.948.4844.

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The Veterans Service Officer (VSO) is a key component of the City’s new Resource Center. The VSO that serves this area is Kenneth Gonzales, Jr., who is an Accredited California Department of Veterans Affairs Service Officer able to provide expert assistance to Veterans and their families.

Kenneth is no stranger to Pico Rivera. His family has been in the City since his grandfather bought his home in 1963. He was born and raised in the City, participated in City programs at the local parks, and graduated from El Rancho High School. Kenneth then joined the United States Navy, where he proudly served for four years, and is a Gulf War Veteran. After his service, he worked in Bail Bonds before working for the County of Los Angeles as a Veterans Service Officer.

So far, Kenneth has had a busy month at the Pico Rivera Resource Center, with all of the available December dates booked as soon as the Center opened.

“With all of December booked, we are glad to see that our City’s Veterans and Veterans from nearby communities are receiving the help that they need regarding Veterans services,” said City Manager Steve Carmona.

Helping Pico Rivera Veterans is something that Kenneth is committed to doing. He can provide Veterans with valuable assistance in applying for federal and state benefits and claims, as well as information on burial services, survivor benefits, transportation, and a slew of other Veterans services.

“What we hope to accomplish with the Veterans Resource Center is to provide Veterans with resources they may not know are available,” said Carmona. “When they make an appointment and speak to our VSO, I believe the information and assistance they receive will alleviate any stress or doubts a Veteran had regarding applying for or receiving any entitled benefits and services.”

The Veterans Resource Center is just one of the services available for Veterans. The City’s Virtual City Hall also includes a Virtual Veterans Veterans Resource Center Now Open Veterans Service Officer appointments for 2023 will be taken Resource Center, which will provide Veterans with even more access to resources at the convenience of their home computers or mobile devices.

The Pico Rivera Veterans Resource Center will be available inside the Pico Rivera Senior Center Monday through Thursday. The VSO will be available on Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Senior Center staff are onsite Monday through Thursday from 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m to assist in scheduling appointments with VSO.

To schedule an appointment to speak with a Veteran Service Officer at the Veterans Resource Center, please visit the Senior Center or call (562) 948-4844

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