Cape Canaveral National Cemetery To Begin Accepting Burial Applications July 13
By Space Coast Daily // July 10, 2015
dedication ceremony planned later this year
BREVARD COUNTY • MIMS, FLORIDA – Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will begin accepting applications for burial of deceased eligible Veterans and their spouses on Monday, July 13.
The cemetery is located along U.S. Route 1 in northern Brevard County, two miles south from Interstate 95, exit #231, and 12 miles north of Titusville.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) purchased the land in July 2012 for $2.1 million and construction on the cemetery began in March of this year.
The VA is planning to hold a public dedication ceremony later this year prior to opening for first burials.
The first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2017 and will provide for approximately 17,000 gravesites and accommodate both casket and cremation urn interments.
The new 318-acre cemetery will serve the burial needs of more than 163,000 Veterans in the cemetery’s service area for the next 100 years.
Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
Their spouse, widow or widower, minor children, and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities, may also be eligible for burial.
Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.
VA provides the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, government headstone or marker, U.S. burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate and perpetual care of the gravesite at no cost to the family.
For questions regarding burial eligibility and burial application at the cemetery, please contact the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery staff at 321-383-2638, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The next-of-kin, or funeral home acting on the family’s behalf, may request burial at either or any VA national cemetery by contacting the VA’s National Cemetery Scheduling Office in St. Louis, Missouri:
• First, send a copy of the military discharge documents to the NCSO by fax at 1-866-900-6417 or email at NCA.Scheduling@va.gov. Next call the Scheduling Office toll free at 1-800-535-1117 to complete application process.
More information about VA’s burial benefits and Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is available online at cem.va.gov