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VA offers nationwide gravesite locator

The Veterans Administration has made it easier and faster for the public to get answers about family history, old war buddies, or famous war heroes.

The agency has put on the web 3.2 million records for veterans buried at 120 national cemeteries since the Civil War. The VA's Nationwide Gravesite Locator also has records for some state veterans cemeteries and burials in Arlington National Cemetery since 1999.

The website is www.cem.va.gov.

The navigator includes names, dates of birth and death, military service dates, service branch and rank if known, cemetery information, and grave location in the cemetery.

The VA withholds some information, such as next of kin, for privacy purposes.

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