VA Announces Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

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318-acre parcel close to U.S. 1 in Scottsmoor

The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will be located in close proximity to U.S. 1 in northern Brevard County, approximately two miles from Interstate 95 and 12 miles north of Titusville. (VA image)

The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will be located in close proximity to U.S. 1 in northern Brevard County, approximately two miles from Interstate 95 and 12 miles north of Titusville. (VA image)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially announced the new 318-acre Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Scottsmoor, Florida.

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. (VA image)

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. (VA image)

In addition, the VA also announced the new a 250-acre Tallahassee National Cemetery.

“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.”

Eric Shinseki

Eric Shinseki

 The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will be 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 grave sites. The VA purchased the property, formerly known as Acosta Groves, for $2.1 million in 2012.

The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will be 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 grave sites. The VA purchased the property, formerly known as Acosta Groves, for $2.1 million in 2012.

The Tallahassee National Cemetery will serve 83,000 Veterans and their eligible dependents in the Tallahassee area, as well as southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. The 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.

On this day in 1945, Marines and American forces began the Battle for Iwo Jima. The seizure of Iwo Jima was deemed necessary, but would not come easy. At 0859, the first of an eventual 30,000 Marines landed on the beach. After five weeks of some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of World War II, American forces achieved victory on Iwo Jima island. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Division)

On this day in 1945, Marines and American forces began the Battle for Iwo Jima. The seizure of Iwo Jima was deemed necessary, but would not come easy. At 0859, the first of an eventual 30,000 Marines landed on the beach. After five weeks of some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of World War II, American forces achieved victory on Iwo Jima island. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Division)

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, the 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 the 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. 


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