locations of more than 5 million veterans
for whom the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) has provided grave markers are now
available on the Internet, as well as the
information inscribed on the markers.
Online since April 2004, the nationwide
gravesite locator (http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov)
helps veterans' families, former
comrades-in-arms and others find the graves
added 1.9 million records for veterans
buried primarily in private cemeteries to
its database. The gravesite locator
previously carried records on 3 million
veterans buried in VA national cemeteries
since the Civil War, and in state veterans
cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery
expansion of this innovative program
continues VA’s commitment to using Internet
technology to fulfill the important mission
of memorializing our nation’s veterans,”
said the Honorable R. James Nicholson,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “By adding
records to our online database, VA also
helps families research their genealogy and
ensures that future generations of Americans
will be able to honor these veterans for
records date from January 1997, the earliest
time for which electronic records exist.
The information comes from applications made
for these veterans’ headstones or markers.
Beyond the 5 million records now available,
VA continues to add approximately 1,000 new
records to the database each day.
VA furnished nearly 369,000 inscribed
headstones and markers for veterans’ graves
users only need to provide the last name of
the deceased veteran or dependent.
Typically, the information available
includes name, birth and death dates, rank,
branch of service and the address and phone
number of the cemetery.
whose discharges are other than
dishonorable, their spouses and dependent
children may be buried in a national
cemetery, regardless of where they live. No
advance reservations are made. VA provides
perpetual care, as well as a headstone or
marker, a burial flag and a memorial
certificate to survivors.
on VA burial benefits can be obtained from
national cemetery offices, from a VA Web
or by calling VA regional offices toll-free