Located within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) maintains military cemeteries across the United States for the burial of veterans and their family members. The cemetery system dates back to the Civil War era, and today comprises 125 cemeteries. Although the NCA has enjoyed a fairly quiet and innocuous existence, the office, along with a few of its cemeteries, came under fire in late 2007 for policy decisions and questionable actions.
(by Steve Paul Johnson, Cemetery Column)
Some local contractors perform work for individual national cemeteries. These generally include gardeners and maintenance companies, as well as manufacturers of headstones and markers.
Steve L. Muro, who was named Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs on January 21, 2009, has spent more than 30 years working for the nation’s military cemeteries, rising from auto mechanic to acting head of the National Cemetery Administration.
William F. Tuerk has directed the National Cemetery Administration since 2005 as the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs. He received his bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 and his law degree from George Washington University in 1978. An Army veteran, Tuerk served as a military policeman from 1971 to 1973.