VA Veteran Cemeteries

Virginia is going to start advertising its veterans’ cemeteries.

That's one of several steps in trying to increase awareness of the two existing cemeteries and the third one in development.

Virginia ranks eleventh nationally with a veterans population of 740,000. It operates veterans’ cemeteries in Suffolk and Amelia. The third one will be in southwest Virginia.

Dan Demano, director of cemeteries for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, said there is a "huge potential" for increased demand because of the aging Vietnam-era veterans population.

Interments at the cemeteries already are increasing, but department spokeswoman Anne Atkins says they want to "get them up even further."

Any veteran with an honorable discharge who's a Virginia resident at the time of death or who was a Virginia resident at the time of enlistment is eligible for burial at one of these cemeteries. The spouse, and in some cases, a dependent child, may also be interred.


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