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National Cemetery Administration

 

Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials (ACCM)

Committee Designation

The Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials (ACCM) is a statutory committee authorized by Congress (Public Law 93-43, June 18, 1973) and that authorization is codified in Title 38 United States Code, Section 2401.

Objectives and Scope of Activities

To furnish consultation and advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding the administration of the national cemeteries, soldier's lots and plots which are the responsibility of the Secretary, and regarding the selection of new national cemetery construction sites, the erection of appropriate memorials and the adequacy of Federal funding for operation of the National Cemetery Administration.

Solicitation of Nominations NEW

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials (ACCM) to fill upcoming vacancies.

» Read the Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials where you can find how to submit for this opportunity.


ACCM Committee Members

Heather M. Braatz, Chair
Wisconsin
Heather M. Braatz, Chair (Wisconsin)

Paul Adkins
Arizona
Paul Adkins (Arizona)

Eric Brown
Texas
Eric Brown (Texas)

Amerophan Callahan
Arizona
Amerophan Callahan (Arizona)

James Earp
Idaho
James Earp (Idaho)

Thomas Hernandez
New Jersey
Thomas Hernandez (New Jersey)

Michael Hoplight
New York
Michael Hoplight (New York)

William Kennedy
Montana
William Kennedy (Montana)

Kathleen Moakler
New York
Kathleen Moakler (New York)

Jim Rudolph
Florida
Jim Rudolph (Florida)

Floyd Watson, Jr.
Wyoming
Floyd Watson, Jr. (Wyoming)

Donn Weaver
Florida
Donn Weaver (Florida)

Ex-Officio Member:

Karen Durham-Aguilera
Arlington National
Cemetery
Karen Durham-Aguilera (Arlington National Cemetery)

Ex-Officio Member:

Tom Sole
American Battle
Monuments Commission
Tom Sole (American Battle Monuments Commission)

Ex-Officio Member:

Gia Wagner
Andersonville National
Historic Site
Gia Wagner (Andersonville National Historic Site)

About ACCM

The Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials (ACCM) is one of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committees. The Committee is authorized by statute, Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 2401, and operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.).

VA seeks a diverse group of applicants from the general public to consider for service on the Committee. Candidates for membership should be recognized authorities in fields pertinent to the needs of Veterans. Desirable qualifications include one or more of the following: military experience; industry experience related to memorial or burial benefits; government or nongovernment organization experience; familiarity with complex organizations; and diverse professional and personal experience.

Under current VA policy, the Committee's membership is composed of up to 12 members and three ex-officio members representing other federal government agencies responsible for Veteran cemeteries. The Secretary appoints the members of the committee to a two-year terms and may reappoint members for an additional term of service.

The Committee advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs with respect to the administration of VA national cemeteries, Soldiers' lots and plots, the selection of cemetery sites, the erection of appropriate memorials, and the adequacy of Federal burial benefits.

The Committee also provides periodic reports to the Secretary and Congress outlining recommendations, concerns and observations of VA's delivery of burial benefits and services to Veterans or work on specific projects, to include the establishment of the Access, Outreach, and Choice Subcommittee to:

  • study the unique burial needs of Native American and Alaskan American Veterans and their impact on the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Veterans Cemetery Grant Program;
  • determine ways to increase access to the hardest five percent of the Veteran population, such as Veterans who reside in rural areas;
  • review the Emblems of Belief regulation and NCA's decision-making process;
  • assist with the development of an Outreach Ambassador Program and review of outreach plan and materials; and
  • review burial plot allowance discrepancies for eligible surviving spouses and family members.

The Committee's recommendations and insights assist the Secretary in ensuring that burial benefit programs are meeting the needs of the nation’s Veterans, spouses and their eligible family members and meeting the mandate to maintain VA national cemeteries as national shrines.