Vets Cemetery group OKs interment rules

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 2/27/19

Eligibility for interment at the Bradley County Veterans Cemetery will mirror national cemetery regulations, following action by the Bradley County Commission’s Ad Hoc Committee for Veterans Cemetery at Fort Hill Cemetery.

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Vets Cemetery group OKs interment rules

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Eligibility for interment at the Bradley County Veterans Cemetery will mirror national cemetery regulations, following action by the Bradley County Commission’s Ad Hoc Committee for Veterans Cemetery at Fort Hill Cemetery.

The committee met Monday and voted unanimously to approve the policy.

Chairman Brian Heusterberg, Bradley County’s Veterans Service Officer, said the policy approval includes forms for funeral homes to use in helping determine time of service for burial eligibility requirements. He said he hopes to have the forms reviewed and in the hands of funeral home personnel within two weeks.

The ad hoc committee also discussed cemetery maintenance, with Heusterberg noting his office’s full budgeted amount for travel will not be needed because a conference has been replaced with a webinar. He suggested transferring unused travel funds to the cemetery maintenance line item.

The ad hoc committee first met earlier this month. Its members are Crye and Commissioners Milan Blake and Howard Thompson, as well as Kim Dees, Cid Heidel and John Thomason.

At that time, Heusterberg said among the biggest issues are headstone markers and eligibility to be interred in the veterans cemetery. In addition, Heusterberg said he wants to work with local funeral homes to establish a procedure to determine eligibility for interment, and to make sure all future interments meet those requirements. Because such a procedure hasn’t been in place, it’s “left some plots that are unmarked,” Heusterberg said.

There were also questions on some of the graves – not as to whether the person served in the military, including military reserves and National Guard, but whether they met the time and service requirements to be eligible for interment there.

Commissioner Thomas Crye reported to the county commission Monday night that the ad hoc committee met and agreed to recommend policy to mirror the national cemetery. The policy is now on its way to the county attorney for review. Crye asked that it be put on the county commission’s next voting session agenda, for March 4.

Crye said the committee met twice, adjourned and was abolished, which he joked must be a county record.

For more information about eligibility requirements for interment in the Bradley County Veterans Cemetery at Fort Hill Cemetery, call the Bradley County Veterans Service Office at 728-7100 or visit https://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/eligible.asp.


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For more information about eligibility requirements for interment in the Bradley County Veterans Cemetery at Fort Hill Cemetery, call the Bradley County Veterans Service Office at 728-7100 or visit https://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/eligible.asp.

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