February 19, 2014
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Names New National Cemetery in BrevardWASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the names of two new VA national cemeteries planned in Florida -- the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Scottsmoor and the Tallahassee National Cemetery in Tallahassee.
"These two new cemeteries are a priority for the growing Veterans' community in Florida," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. "As VA moves forward with these new cemeteries, Veterans, their spouses and families can have peace of mind knowing that they have a final resting place in a nearby national shrine."
The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is planned for a 318-acre parcel located in close proximity to U.S.1 in northern Brevard County, approximately two miles from Interstate 95 and 12 miles north of Titusville. The cemetery will serve more than 163,000 Veterans, spouses and their eligible dependents living in the central eastern Florida area. The initial phase of construction will provide more than 17,000 gravesites. VA purchased the property, formerly known as Acosta Groves, for $2.1 million on July 31, 2012.
The Tallahassee National Cemetery is planned for a 250-acre parcel in Leon County,and will serve 83,000 Veterans and their eligible dependents in the Tallahassee area, as well as southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. VA purchased the Tallahassee property for $6.8 million on Aug. 14, 2012.
Veterans with a qualifying discharge, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Also eligible are military personnel who die on active duty. Other burial benefits available for eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a government headstone or marker.
In the midst of the largest expansion since the Civil War, VA operates 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites. More than 3.8 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries.
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 toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.
Our local community has the honor to help name it.June 28, 2013
VA national cemeteries are operated and maintained as a national shrines befitting the veterans whose service we honor and commemorate. National cemeteries carry expectations of appearance that set them apart from private cemeteries. In a survey conducted recently by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), 98 percent of visitors rated the appearance of VA national cemeteries as excellent. NCA's goal for this measure of performance is 100 percent.
In FY 2011, Congress approved a VA budget that included a change to burial policy. It lowered the unserved Veteran population threshold to establish a new national cemetery from 170,000 to 80,000. The new policy will result in five new national cemeteries and provide a burial option to an additional 500,000 Veterans and their families. Two will be established in Florida, one of which will be located on a 318 acre parcel in Scottsmoor, for which the Master Planning and Design Development process is currently underway.
The Cemetery will include an Administrative/ Public Information Center with restrooms for the public, an information/reception area for the funeral cortege visitors. A maintenance complex for the caretakers who accomplish the burial operations each day. Entrance Wall/Gates are designed to provide visitors with a lasting first impression when they enter the sacred grounds of the cemetery. There will be a roadway system with ample parking.
VA National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has acquired land for a new national cemetery near Scottsmoor in Brevard County, Florida and the Master Planning and Design Development process is currently underway.
Here is the official NCA guidance regarding names for national cemeteries.
We need VETERANS in our community to help name the Cemetery the official naming will happen in the next couple of weeks so please respond quickly Commissioner Fisher will forward all viable names to the National Cemetery Administration for consideration. Current suggested names include: Eastern Florida National Veterans Cemetery, INDIAN RIVER NATIONAL CEMETERY and SPACE COAST NATIONAL CEMETERY. The name needs to honor veterans and tie to the Brevard County area. (Note: can't name it "Brevard County National Veterans Cemetery" we can't put County/National in same name.)
Please send your name suggestions directly to the VA.