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Central Coast National Cemetery Task Force. Task Force History. Created under auspices of the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee in 2003 Consists of veterans, community leaders, elected official representatives and interested community members

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task force history
Task Force History
  • Created under auspices of the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee in 2003
  • Consists of veterans, community leaders, elected official representatives and interested community members
  • Whose goal is to provide a National Cemetery for California’s Central Coast Veterans
california central coast needs a local national cemetery
California Central Coast needs a LOCAL National Cemetery

Service members who die while on active duty and veterans are eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Spouse & minor children are eligible to be buried with their sponsor.

Today’s veterans number 24 million:

9+ million, mostly WW II and Korean War vets, forecast to die by 2033

1600 WW II (our “greatest generation”) veterans die every day

No national cemetery within 100 driving miles of Central Coast cities

criteria to qualify for a va national cemetery
Criteria to Qualify for a VA National Cemetery
  • No National Cemetery within 75 mile radius.
    • Newest Bakersfield VA Cemetery (East of Arvin) is outside of the 75 mile radius.
  • Veteran population of 80,000 within 75 mile radius.
    • VA estimate for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties averages 100,000.
  • Major metropolitan areas
    • Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Ventura, Oxnard
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ARVIN & GUSTINE VA CEMETERIES STILL LEAVES CENTRAL COAST COUNTIES UNDERSERVED. A LOCAL CEMETERY IS STILL NEEDED.
california va national cemeteries
California VA National Cemeteries
  • Bakersfield VA National Cemetery
    • 30338 East Bear Mountain Road, Arvin, CA 93203
  • San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
    • 32053 McCabe Rd. Gustine, CA 95322
  • Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery
    • 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620
  • Riverside National Cemetery
    • 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92518
  • Los Angeles National Cemetery (full–closed to new burials)
    • 950 S Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049
  • Golden Gate National Cemetery (full–closed to new burials)
    • 1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066
  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (full–closed to new burials)
    • Point Loma, San Diego, CA 92166
  • San Francisco National Cemetery (full–closed to new burials)
    • 1 Lincoln Boulevard, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129
national cemetery burial saves veterans families in their time of grief
National Cemetery burial saves Veterans’ families $$ in their time of grief

When a National Cemetery burial is not available, a Veteran’s family bear the burden of burial costs.

For example, these are the 2008 costs for a burial in the Lompoc Cemetery.

for more information
For more information
  • http://www.cem.va.gov
  • http://www.cdva.ca.gov/memorial
  • http://www1.va.gov/vetdata/page.cfm?pg=1
  • http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en
the way ahead
The Way Ahead
  • Gather Support & Buy-In
    • Community
    • Elected Officials
    • Veteran Organizations
    • Veterans Administration
    • California Veterans Administration
  • Find appropriate site
  • Legislation and funding
  • Circulate petition
to get involved
To Get Involved
  • Contact this Task Force
    • Jim Bray, Chair
    • 805-934-8210
    • jbray@pxp.com
    • www.centralcoastnationalcemetery.org
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Veteran population & death estimates were extracted from the Department of Veteran Affairs web sitehttp://www1.va.gov/vetdata/