150 Years of Keeping the Promise
150 Years of Keeping the Promise
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NCA Executive Brief
Mr. Thomas Muir
Deputy Under ...
NCA Mission
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
honors Veterans and their families with final
resting places in ...
NCA Responsibilities
 Provide burial space for Veterans and eligible family members
 Maintain national cemeteries as n...
Partners in Managing Military
and Veterans Cemeteries
150 Years of Keeping the Promise
 VA – 131
 VAgrant-funded
ce...
Veterans Serving Veterans
 1,772 employees
 About 87% of our
employees work
outside of DC
 Over 74% of NCA
employ...
Burial Benefits
 Burial in a national cemetery:
 Gravesite
 Opening and closing of the grave
 Grave liner
 Perpe...
Eligibility Criteria and Scheduling
 Any member of the U.S. Armed
Forces who dies on active duty
 Any Veteran who was...
Memorial Benefits
Presidential
Memorial
Certificate
150 Years of Keeping the Promise
“In Memory of…” Upright
Headsto...
Military Funeral Honors
 Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for providing military funeral
honors
 Veterans o...
NCA Best Practices
BEFORE AFTER
Raise and Realign projects Installation of Support Systems
Sustainability Efforts Pre-p...
National Shrine Recognition
Gold Awards
 Dallas-Ft. Worth
 Georgia
 Quincy (IL)
Green Awards
 Danville (IL)
 F...
Leading NCA in the 21st Century
Outcomes
 3-pronged strategy to meet future
burial needs
 National Shrine Commitment...
Percentage of Vets Served*
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100
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0
FY01 FY04 FY07
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National Cemetery Construction
Omaha
National
Cemetery, NE
Western NY
area
Tallahassee National
Cemetery, FL Cape C...
Rural Initiative
150 Years of Keeping the Promise
MT
ID
WY
UT
NV
NCAis establishing National Veterans
Burial Groun...
State and Tribal Cemetery Grants Program
150 Years of Keeping the Promise
 VA provides 100% of
development costs
 93...
Independent Study on Emerging
Burial Practices
Nationwide survey with Veterans
Burial options
“Green burials”
Stu...
NCA Key Initiatives
 Pending Regulations
 Establish reimbursement of casket and urn purchase
for indigent, unclaimed ...
Mobile Command Outreach Vehicle (MCO)
 Roles
 Emergency Preparedness
 Command & Control
 Outreach
150 150 YeYeaar...
Burial of Homeless Veterans
Interment Ceremony for Unclaimed Veterans
Quantico National Cemetery, VA
March 16, 2013
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Thank you
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National Cemetery Administration: 150 Years of Keeping the Promise

National Cemetery Administration: 150 Years of Keeping the Promise
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  • 1. 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 1 NCA Executive Brief Mr. Thomas Muir Deputy Under Secretary for Management 1
  • 2. NCA Mission The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation. NCA Vision To be the model of excellence for burial and memorial benefits for our Nation’s Veterans and their families 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 2
  • 3. NCA Responsibilities  Provide burial space for Veterans and eligible family members  Maintain national cemeteries as national shrines  Administer the Federal grants program for construction of state and tribal Veterans cemeteries  Furnish headstones, markers and medallions for the graves of Veterans around the world  Administer the Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) Program  Administer the First Notice of Death (FNOD) program 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 3
  • 4. Partners in Managing Military and Veterans Cemeteries 150 Years of Keeping the Promise  VA – 131  VAgrant-funded cemeteries - 93  Army - 30  Interior - 14 Gettysburg National Cemetery, PA  ABMC - 25 4
  • 5. Veterans Serving Veterans  1,772 employees  About 87% of our employees work outside of DC  Over 74% of NCA employees are Vets  highest of any Federal agency  Includes 450+ returning Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 5
  • 6. Burial Benefits  Burial in a national cemetery:  Gravesite  Opening and closing of the grave  Grave liner  Perpetual care of the gravesite  Headstone, Markers or Niche Covers  Presidential Memorial Certificate  Bronze Medallion  U.S. Flag (VBA benefit)  Military Funeral Honors (DoD) 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 6
  • 7. Eligibility Criteria and Scheduling  Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who dies on active duty  Any Veteran who was discharged under qualifying conditions (other than dishonorable)  National Guard members and Reservists with 20 years of qualifying service, who are entitled to retired pay  Spouses, minor children and certain 150 Years of Keeping the Promise parents The National Cemetery Scheduling Office serves all national cemeteries, seven days a week, 362 days a year Toll Free Number: 1-800-535-1117 7
  • 8. Memorial Benefits Presidential Memorial Certificate 150 Years of Keeping the Promise “In Memory of…” Upright Headstone Niche Covers Flat Marker Bronze Medallion Burial Flag 14
  • 9. Military Funeral Honors  Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for providing military funeral honors  Veterans organizations may assist in the provision of military funeral honors  NCA cemetery staff may assist in coordinating military funeral honors 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 15
  • 10. NCA Best Practices BEFORE AFTER Raise and Realign projects Installation of Support Systems Sustainability Efforts Pre-placed crypts 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 10
  • 11. National Shrine Recognition Gold Awards  Dallas-Ft. Worth  Georgia  Quincy (IL) Green Awards  Danville (IL)  Fayetteville (AR)  Florida  Ft. Custer (MI)  Ft. McPherson (NE)  Dallas-Ft. Worth  Ohio Western Reserve  Black Hills (SD) Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 23
  • 12. Leading NCA in the 21st Century Outcomes  3-pronged strategy to meet future burial needs  National Shrine Commitment/Facility Condition Assessments  Cemetery Standards of Appearance/OAI Program 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 24
  • 13. Percentage of Vets Served* 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 FY01 FY04 FY07 Fiscal Year FY12 FY17 % of Veterans Served *By an open national, state or tribal Veterans cemetery within 75 miles of home 13
  • 14. National Cemetery Construction Omaha National Cemetery, NE Western NY area Tallahassee National Cemetery, FL Cape Canaveral 150 Years of Keeping the Promise National Cemetery, FL Southern CO area New York City area Los Angeles area Chicago area San Francisco Area-Alameda New National Cemetery Urban Initiative Indianapolis area 14
  • 15. Rural Initiative 150 Years of Keeping the Promise MT ID WY UT NV NCAis establishing National Veterans Burial Grounds in eight states. In May 2014, VAdedicated the first of these rural cemeteries (Yellowstone National Cemetery) in Laurel, Montana (see inset picture). ND WI ME 15
  • 16. State and Tribal Cemetery Grants Program 150 Years of Keeping the Promise  VA provides 100% of development costs  93 operational state and tribal cemeteries in 45 states, Guam and Saipan  Over $566 million in grants awarded since 1988  32,000 burials in FY2013  6 new state and tribal cemeteries projected to open between now and 2015 Administrative Building SicanguAkicita Owicahe (Rosebud Sioux Tribe Veteran Cemetery) White River, SD Grant Award Presentation November 2012 BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, N.J., 16
  • 17. Independent Study on Emerging Burial Practices Nationwide survey with Veterans Burial options “Green burials” Study and survey presented to NCA senior leadership-August 2014 NCA expects to use the study as a cornerstone of its new Strategic Plan 2015-2021 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 31
  • 18. NCA Key Initiatives  Pending Regulations  Establish reimbursement of casket and urn purchase for indigent, unclaimed Veterans  Expand definition of applicant for headstone and marker applications  Memorials Benefit Management System (MBMS)  Improvements to BOSS/AMAS, FNOD, and PMC  Integration with VA enterprise data  Integration of GPS/GIS mapping  Integration of mobile capabilities 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 33
  • 19. Mobile Command Outreach Vehicle (MCO)  Roles  Emergency Preparedness  Command & Control  Outreach 150 150 YeYeaarrss ooff KKeeeeppininggt htheeP rPormoimseise 35
  • 20. Burial of Homeless Veterans Interment Ceremony for Unclaimed Veterans Quantico National Cemetery, VA March 16, 2013 20
  • 21. 150 Years of Keeping the Promise 1 150 Years of Keeping the Promise Thank you 21

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