Veterans & Family Services Office


The Gila River Indian Community - Veterans and Family services office - serves the Veterans of the Gila River Indian Community, their families and beneficiaries both on and off tribal lands by assisting them in securing their entitled benefits as provided by Gila River Indian community, the state and federal laws.


Veterans and Family Services Office contact Information:

Main Desk: 520-562-3389 / Office Hours:  8am to 5pm (Monday – Friday) Office is closed on specific holidays. The office is temporarily located at Executive KI, Bldg. 1, Sacaton, Arizona.


Other contact information:

Veteran Service Officer: Eric White 520.562.5144 – 

Peer Support Specialist: Darrell Whitman 520.562.3389 –

Peer Support Specialist: Wesley Rhodes 520.562.3389 -

Administrative Assistant: Samantha Jackson 520.562.9704–

Office Coordinator: Palmer Miller: 520.562.5145


The goals of the Veteran and Family Services office:

Our Goal at the Veterans & Family Service office is to make sure each veteran and their family is made aware of and to assist them in obtaining VA, State and other entitlements that were earned for that member’s military service. This includes our active duty, reserve / guard members and their families.  




Below are some of the areas that the VFSO team can assist in the application process:

  • VA Health Care Benefits
  • Service Connected Disabilities
  • Pensions
  • Burial and Memorial Benefits (Includes ordering headstones and help in placement)
  • Dependents and Survivors Health Care and Benefits
  • Appeals of VA Claims Decisions
  • Education and Training