National Cemetery Grave Locator
The grave locations of more than three million veterans and dependents buried in national cemeteries can be found more easily now because the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has added maps of burial sections online that can be printed from home computers and at national cemetery kiosks. The gravesite locator http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov finds the cemeteries where veterans are buried. With the new online feature, people enter a veteran's name to search, click on the "Buried At" (burial location) link and a map of the national cemetery is displayed, showing the section where the grave is located. The locator also identifies the cemeteries in which 1.9 million veterans were buried with VA grave markers. These are mostly private cemeteries.
This addition brings the number of graves recorded in the locator to approximately five million. Those with maps are in VA national cemeteries and in state veterans cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery if burials were since 1999. Beyond the five million records now available, VA continues to add approximately 1,000 new records to the database each day. VA also plans to add to its online database the exact locations of veterans' gravesites in the remaining state veterans' cemeteries. In the midst of the largest cemetery expansion since the Civil War, VA operates 123 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites. More than three million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror are buried in VA's national cemeteries on more than 16,000 acres of land.
Eligibility for Burial in National Cemeteries
Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses, and eligible dependent children may be buried in a national cemetery. Other burial benefits include a burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a government headstone or marker regardless of where they are buried. Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov or by calling VA regional offices at 1(800) 827-1000. Anyone wishing to receive e-mail from VA with the latest news releases and updated fact sheets can subscribe to the VA Office of Public Affairs Distribution List at www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/opa_listserv.asp. [Source: VA Press Release 20 Jan 06