COVID-19 Alert - National Cemetery Administration
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COVID-19 Alert


All Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals. However, the National Cemetery Administration is continuing to adjust its services in light of the best practices urged by the CDC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting March 23, 2020, as a matter of public health and safety, committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors, whether by military personnel or volunteer organizations, will be discontinued until further notice at VA national cemeteries. Immediate family members (limited to 10 individuals) of the deceased may choose to witness the interment if desired. Cemeteries will work to schedule a committal or memorial services at a later date for those families that choose to continue with the direct interment.

The National Cemetery Scheduling Office in St. Louis will continue to provide scheduling services for the duration of the current emergency. To schedule a burial, please call 800-535-1117, option 1.

We strongly urge all guests to obey local travel restrictions and avoid unnecessary travel. Visitors should expect that certain portions of a cemetery typically open to the public may be closed (for example, public information centers, chapels). Please contact the local cemetery for more information.

Updates on the operating status of individual national cemeteries are posted below on this page and on our social media pages:
> https://www.facebook.com/NationalCemeteries
> https://twitter.com/VANatCemeteries

For more information about the government's response to COVID-19 please visit:
> https://www.coronavirus.gov

Status of Individual VA National Cemeteries


> Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

Fort Leavenworth has declared a Public Health Emergency and directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) to CHARLIE effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission. Mission essential travel is in effect at Fort Leavenworth and the Visitor Control Center is closed. Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, which is located on Fort Leavenworth, is closed to all non-DoD ID card holders. All gate passes sponsored by the cemetery (trusted visitor program) have been suspended until further notice, however direct casket/cremation interments will still occur, and up to 10 family members or friends can witness, in accordance with NCA COVID-19 guidance. Please contact the cemetery directly to arrange for witnessing an interment​.


> Fort Richardson National Cemetery

The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Installation Commander has declared a Public Health Emergency and directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) to CHARLIE effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission. Mission essential travel is in effect at JBER and the Visitor Control Center is closed. Ft. Richardson National Cemetery, which is surrounded by JBER, is closed to all non-DoD ID holders. All gate passes sponsored by the cemetery (trusted visitor program) have been suspended until further notice.


> Rock Island National Cemetery

The Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) Garrison Commander has declared a Public Health Emergency and directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) to CHARLIE effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission. Mission essential travel is in effect at RIA and the Visitor Control Center is closed. Rock Island National Cemetery, which is located on RIA, is closed to all non-DoD ID holders. All gate passes sponsored by the cemetery (trusted visitor program) have been suspended until further notice. Direct casket/cremation interment operations are still available per NCA COVID-19 guidelines.