• Continue reading World War I created millions of conscripted Veterans, improved benefits

    April 6, 2020

    World War I marked the fourth time Congress declared war, but became the first time America instituted a draft. The "Great War" also created a new series of benefits for Veterans--some that exist in different forms today.

  • Continue reading Jo Ann K. Webb: NCA’s First Female Director

    March 19, 2020

    Jo Ann K. Webb’s service as an Army nurse in Vietnam led to a career centered on Veteran-health policy and politics. In 1989, at age 41 with a slim portfolio, she was named Director of the National Cemetery System (now Administration). Webb became the highest-ranking woman at the Veterans Administration for two years, and one of only two women to head the organization. In an oral history interview made for Women’s History Month, Webb didn’t recall that her lofty position was a big deal at the time--but it was.

  • Continue reading Defense, CIA, Park Service, VA share history

    November 5, 2019

    The Department of Defense and VA naturally share a relationship as military members transition to Veteran status. But for one group of Veterans, that relationship included the CIA and National Park Service. The Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, brings together these federal groups, as visitors learned Nov. 2 during the Prince William Forest OSS Day.

  • Continue reading Cemetery Monuments Embody Service, Sacrifice

    May 24, 2019

    There are more than 1,330 monuments in NCA cemeteries. They take many shapes and sizes to honor the service and sacrifice of servicemen and women

  • Continue reading May is for Memorial Day … and Mowing

    May 23, 2019

    May is the busiest month for NCA as it mows, trims, waters, and fertilize thousands of acres of grass to ready its 136 cemeteries for Memorial Day events.

  • Continue reading Resuscitating Dayton National Cemetery’s ‘Tunnel of Death’

    May 3, 2019

    The team responsible for studying the historic tunnel presented its findings and alternatives to DNCSC and NCA as the first step toward rehabilitation.

  • Continue reading 97 years ago: New government headstone for World War Veterans

    April 26, 2019

    On April 26, 1922, a board of officers adopted a new headstone design for all graves except for those of the Civil War and Spanish-American War.

  • Continue reading Our Veteran U.S. Presidents

    February 14, 2019

     The majority of our nation's presidents hold the distinction of once being called a Veteran before they ever held the [...]

  • Continue reading Medal of Honor recipients honored during Oval Office ceremony commemorating National Medal of Honor Day

    March 27, 2017

    25 Medal of Honor recipients gathered in the Oval Office to be honored in commemoration of National Medal of Honor Day.

  • Continue reading A Black History Month message from Secretary Bob McDonald

    February 2, 2016

    During this year’s Black History Month, let us honor and celebrate all African American Veterans who have risked, and often sacrificed, their lives in service to this great nation.

  • Continue reading Chaplain Service has been providing spiritual care to Veterans for 148 years

    December 19, 2015

    In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the legislation that created the National Asylum (Home) for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, and one [...]

  • Continue reading The NPRC records fire of 1973

    August 10, 2015

    The files were stored in cardboard boxes stacked on steel shelves lining the sixth and top floor of a large, [...]