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VA Adds Maps to Online Gravesite Locator

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2006)- The grave locations of more than three
million veterans and dependents buried in national cemeteries can be
found more easily now because the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
has added maps of burial sections online that can be printed from home
computers and at national cemetery kiosks.

The latest improvement builds upon a service begun two years ago, in
which a VA online feature permits family members to find the cemetery in
which their loved one is buried.

"This new map feature makes it easier for families, friends and
researchers to find the exact location of a veteran's grave in all
national cemeteries and some state veterans cemeteries," said the
Honorable R. James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. "It
enhances VA's service at national cemeteries, already highly regarded,
and our commitment to them as national shrines and historical

The gravesite locator (
, online since April 2004, helps
veterans' families, former comrades-in-arms and others find 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.

In a related development, VA recently added to its database 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.

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 - even if they are not
buried in a national cemetery.  Information on VA burial benefits can be
obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 1

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