Lawmakers: We Need More National Cemeteries

Monday, 03 Feb 2014 10:29 AM

By Melissa Clyne

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
As the military veteran population increases, so does the need for more national cemeteries.

National cemeteries across the country are reaching capacity, and legislators — especially those with large veteran populations — are asking the government to approve additional sites, Fox News reports.

The Department of Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico. But 11 states — with a combined veteran population of 1.8 million — don't have a national cemetery, according to Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat from Nevada, the state with the largest veteran population without a national cemetery.

According to Titus, Nevada is home to 301,000 vets, 170,000 of whom live in Las Vegas. And that figure is rapidly growing.

"It is my belief that the option of a burial in a VA national cemetery, in the state you call home, is a solemn obligation our government should fulfill," Titus said at an October hearing before the House Committee on Veteran Affairs.

Nevada resident Jack Ford, a 25-year Navy veteran, told Fox News that for a serviceman, being buried in a national cemetery is the ultimate honor for one's sacrifice.

"Unless you've experienced it, it's hard to describe," he said. "It's a place where you're with your fellow comrades and you're recognized for having dedicated your life to your country's service."

Titus spoke on behalf of Ford and other vets who object to being laid to rest in a state cemetery. Many state cemeteries receive federal funding to accommodate the veteran population.

"As veterans, we served our nation," Ford explained. "I think it's only reasonable that we have a national cemetery we can be laid to rest in."

Other states with no national cemeteries include Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, and Wyoming, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA is planning to build five new cemeteries with the "strategic goal of providing an honored veterans burial to 96 percent of the veteran population within 75 miles of where they live," the VA said in a statement to Fox.

According to a VA study, the veteran population is getting younger and there will be higher growth in the southern and western regions of the country.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Border Patrol Agent Fires at Armed Militia Member

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 20:14 PM

A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired sever . . .

Teen Dies in Lamborghini Test-Drive Crash

Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 09:30 AM

A New York teen taking a test drive of a family friend's Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car . . .

Buyer's Remorse on Common Core for Policymakers?

Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 08:50 AM

Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved