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State Veterans Cemeteries

California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery

The opening ceremony for California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) was held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.  The CCCVC is the second California Veterans Cemetery developed and constructed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Cemetery Grants Program. The facility is located in Monterey County in the City of Seaside. The first phase of the cemetery accommodates cremated remains only.  

Eligibility applications for columbarium burials are available here:  VSD-002, Eligibility for Burial Benefits Determination. Please submit applications to the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery: 2900 Parker Flats Road, Seaside, CA 93955.  For any questions, please contact the cemetery office at (831) 393-9371.

For more information about the procedures for scheduling, requesting flags, Military Funeral Honors, and inscriptions for niche covers:

Northern California Veterans Cemetery

The Northern California Veterans Cemetery (NCVC) is the first California Veterans Cemetery constructed with the cooperation of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and is operated by the state. State Veterans Cemeteries are intended to serve areas that are not adequately served by a National Cemetery. NCVC, located near Redding, California, primarily serves the veteran population in the eighteen Northern-most California counties. The currently developed area of the cemetery provides sufficient burial space for more than thirty years. Beyond that, the cemetery has the capacity for expansion of space for well beyond 100 years. Any eligible veteran, along with their spouse and eligible dependents, may be interred at the cemetery.

NCVC is located at 11800 Gas Point Road, Igo, CA 96047 or you may call the office at (866) 777-4533.

Eligibility applications for burial are available here: VSD-002, Eligibility for Burial Benefits Determination

For more information about the procedures for scheduling, please see our Scheduling Protocol.

Yountville Veterans Cemetery

The Yountville Veterans Cemetery is located on 11 acres of oak-covered hills in the northwest corner of the Yountville Veterans Home; this historic cemetery marks the resting place of over 5,700 veterans and dependents.  The cemetery currently accepts only the interment of the Veteran Home's residents and their eligible dependents.  Eligibility for interment is equivalent to the requirements for burial in a National Cemetery.

Southern California Veterans Cemetery

The proposed site of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery is at the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro in Irvine, California. The former MCAS El Toro is currently being redeveloped as the Orange County Great Park (OCGP), and the State of California, Department of General Services (DGS) has developed a Concept Plan for the acquisition and redevelopment of approximately 125 acres of the Great Park for the proposed SCVC. On June 27, 2016, CalVet submitted this Concept Plan as part of the pre-grant application to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  You can access the report by clicking here.

State Cemetery Information

Eligibility

CalVet determines eligibility for burial in a state veterans cemetery in accordance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) requirements for national veterans cemeteries.  In general, eligibility is established if a veteran died on active duty, or served on active duty (other than for training) and was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.  Additional eligibility criteria can be found on the USDVA's website at http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/burial_benefits/eligible.asp.

Veterans whose character of discharge is a bar to eligibility may still gain access to burial benefits through a discharge upgrade or a character of service determination.  Contact your County Veterans Service Office for more information, and read the guides developed by Swords to Plowshares on how to obtain discharge upgrades and character of service determinations.

Veterans or their families can apply for eligibility on a pre-need basis, or at their time of need.  Pre-need determination allows a veteran and his/her family to establish eligibility in advance, and is intended to simply and assist the veteran's next-of-kin at the time of death.  There is no cost for applying for eligibility, and establishing eligibility does not obligate the veteran or the veteran's dependents to be placed at the cemetery.  To apply for eligibility, fill out CalVet's application form, and submit it to the appropriate cemetery along with a copy of the veteran's discharge or separation document (clearly showing the character of the discharge), and if applicable, copies of a veteran's marriage certificate and death certificate.  Same-sex couples are eligible for burial in California's state veterans cemeteries, provided at least one spouse is an eligible veteran.

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees are (or will be) formed at each State Veterans Cemetery to provide advice to CalVet on the construction, placement, and donation of all proposed monuments and memorials, according to the California Code of Regulations, Title 12, Section 462.  Please refer to our Advisory Committee page for public notices and meeting minutes.

 

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