VA policy on smartphone recreational gaming at VA facilities, cemeteries


VA welcomes those coming to our medical center campuses who are volunteering to serve or visiting our nation’s Veterans. Our primary duty is to provide Veterans and their families safe access to care and benefits with respect to their privacy. We encourage the public to be respectful of our Veterans receiving health care at the facility and abide by the federal access and conduct laws VA facilities have. Recreational gaming, like Pokémon Go, is not permitted at VA’s medical campuses.

VA’s National Cemeteries are national shrines honoring the sacrifices of America’s Veterans and their families. Recreational activities, such as biking and dog-walking, are not permitted. Recreational gaming, like Pokémon Go, is not permitted at VA’s national cemeteries. We request that visitors to any national cemetery exhibit the respect and decorum of our shrines, follow federal regulations governing access and behavior and proper cemetery etiquette.

VA leadership and VA police will continue to enforce laws and regulations to keep our Veterans, visitors, patients and employees safe, and allow VA to fulfill its mission to provide timely care and greatest benefits for our Veterans.

We remind the community that most cemeteries are open for visitation from dawn until dusk and welcome them in to learn more about the legacy of those interred there. For further information on specific cemeteries, please call the cemetery’s administration office directly. You can find listing of all national, state and tribal cemeteries here.


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  1. Uncom Mon Sense    

    Seems pretty simple to me… If you want to respect veterans, respect their concerns by not concealing their only means of reporting their concerns.

  2. Uncom Mon Sense    

    Wow, we have rules about cell phone gaming at the VA that the police enforce, but we don’t have rules about the VA making patient complaint forms readily available where vets can use one if they need to… Why don’t the VA police enforce that rule and start policing the clinics that hide their complaint forms like Loma Linda VA does hospital wide???
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Over…

  3. Dale Ernest Richmond    

    Would enjoy golden age games

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