There is currently no national cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida. If the Department of Veterans Affairs has their way, however, there will be one there soon. The distance to the nearest national cemetery makes traveling there for visits and funerals a hardship on many veterans’ family members. Constructing a local cemetery would be a welcome and needed relief for those people with family members or friends qualified for burial in national cemeteries.
The VA is currently looking to acquire 200 acres on which to build the Tallahassee national cemetery. More specifically, the VA is looking for this land within 25 miles of Tallahassee, the state’s capitol. For many elderly veterans and their family members, the expense to travel to nearest cemetery is too cost prohibitive and difficult.
Any veteran who has been honorably discharged from military service is entitled to be buried at a national cemetery. This, of course, will always depend on the availability of space in the cemetery. Benefits bestowed on the veteran at no cost to the veteran’s family include:
- The gravesite itself;
- The opening and closing of the gravesite;
- Uninterrupted and continuous care;
- A government head stone or marker;
- The burial flag; and
- A Presidential Memorial certificate.
According to the VA, there are approximately 80,000 veterans within 75 miles of Tallahassee. The sooner the VA finds their 200 acres the better because it is going to take some significant time to build the cemetery.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.