Valley veteran wished to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery

A decorated Marine recently lost his battle with cancer. He wanted to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery but his family has hit a road block.
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A decorated Marine recently lost his battle with cancer.
 
He wanted to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery but his family has hit a road block.
 
Alfonso Santillan Jr. was just 17 years old when he joined the Marine Corps in 1965.
 
He served two tours in Vietnam. During his first tour, he was hit by a grenade. During his second tour, he stepped on a hidden explosive.
 
As he recovered, Santillan continued to serve his fellow Marines.
 
"Even while he was injured he was able to help the Marines at the hospital. He was the kind of guy that always had to be doing something," said Jeremy Santillan.
 
He earned two Purple Hearts, two Presidential Unit citations and was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.
 
Santillan bravely fought against the Tet offensive in one of the biggest battles of the Vietnam War, but it was lung cancer, that ultimately took his life.
 
"Until the very end he continued to battle and battle to stay here as long as he could."
 
The family does not have to pay to bury Santillan at Arlington National Cemetery, but they do have to pay for all the other expenses including shipping his remains.
 
They also did not expect the high cost of keeping his body at the funeral home for three to four months.
 
That is how long they were told it would take before he will be finally laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
It all adds up to more than $10,000 and the family is asking for help.
 
"Just help us get there and just give him a little piece of yourself to take with him to Arlington."
 
He leaves behind a wife and seven children, the youngest just 6 years old.
 
The family has set up a GoFundMe page for the funeral costs: https://www.gofundme.com/sgtsantillan
 

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