The VA 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 3.2 million records on the Web 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.
Joe Nosari, VA's deputy chief information officer for Memorial Affairs, said these records were on paper and microfilm. Private companies have put some of the information online and charged for it, but the VA information is free.
The VA's gravesite 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 URL to do a search is: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1