Honoring Those Who Protect Our Freedom
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
We know our veterans to be heroes, each of whom contributed to the preservation of the freedoms we enjoy today. And we believe that it is our responsibility to honor their sacrifices, and celebrate their achievements. O'Connor Mortuary offers the most comprehensive veteran options to appropriately pay tribute to the life of a veteran.
Why do more families trust O'Connor Mortuary with Veteran Services?
Because we are known for our compassionate and caring professionals, and we are experts in planning military services. We offer various service plans and memorial products that include features and tributes to honor a veteran's service. Depending on the branch of service, military detachments may provide an honor guard, a flag and taps. Our veterans deserve our utmost respect, and any veteran with an honorable discharge, or even those with no living family, will always be given military honors and interment in national cemetery.
We will also assist in completing all applications for benefits to which a veteran or their family are entitled and eligible, including:
- Securing an American flag
- Receiving military honors
- Obtaining a headstone/marker
- Receiving monetary burial benefits and transportation, if applicable
World War II Registry of Remembrances
Any service man or woman who helped win World War II, whether in battle or on the home front, is eligible for the Registry. To enter your name or the name of someone you wish to honor for their service to our country, you may register by visiting the NFDA registration page.
The Veterans Administration provides benefits for a veteran's family if they can provide a copy of their honorable discharge papers. These benefits include a flag, burial in a national veterans' cemetery, a headstone/marker, and military honors. If burial is in a veterans' cemetery, a grave can also be reserved for a surviving spouse or any dependent children.
If your loved one's discharge papers (DD214) cannot be located, a copy can be ordered through www.touchstoneresearchgroup.com Touchstone provides an express service http://www.touchstoneresearchgroup.com/DD214_Funeral.html that can expedite the receipt of the military paper work to assist the funeral home with applying for military burial benefits.
There are additional monetary allowances toward burial expenses if the veteran's death occurs in a federal VA hospital or if the veteran was receiving a VA pension at the time of death. The State of California also offers an allowance under other certain circumstances. Because federal and state guidelines vary, we will be glad to offer information on an individual basis.
The local Veterans Service Office is located at 1300 S. Grand Avenue Bldg. B, Santa Ana, 92705. Phone: (714) 567-7450 and Fax (714) 567-7674. If you need further assistance, we will be glad to help you with any questions. The http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Veterans Service Office has a very helpful web site. If the veteran had life insurance coverage with Government National Life Insurance, we can help with that claim or they can be reached at 1-800-669-8477.
Here at O'Connor Mortuary, we take pride in helping our veterans, and the families they leave behind, navigate the bureaucratic maze and complete the necessary paperwork involved in applying for Veterans' Death Benefits.
Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside County and Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego are available for ground burial and placement of cremated remains. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, located in San Diego county has availability for the placement of cremated remains only. A member of our experience staff will be available to assist your family, as part of our overall commitment to honoring our veterans. O’Connor Mortuary invites you to speak with one of our funeral directors anytime at (877) 872-2736 to answer any questions or explore all the Veteran's options, at no obligation