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Department of the Army Taps VA to Help Serve
Our Nation's Veterans... Army Secretary John
McHugh Requests VA Secretary Shinseki to
Detail Senior VA Executive to Arlington
WASHINGTON (June 10, 2010) - Today, at the
request of the Army Secretary John McHugh,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K.
Shinseki announced that Patrick K. Hallinan,
a over 31-year employee of VA's National
Cemetery Administration (NCA), is being
detailed to the Army to assist in the
management of Arlington National Cemetery.
"VA and the Army share a common goal of
honoring all who have served and sacrificed
for their country," Shinseki said.
"We look forward to assisting the Army in
serving all Members of the Active and
Reserve Components, eligible Veterans and
their families with the utmost dignity,
respect, and compassion."
Army Secretary John McHugh today announced a
series of management and oversight changes
in the Army National Cemeteries Program,
which includes both Arlington and the
Soldiers' and Airmens' Home National
Cemetery in Washington, DC.
On the retirement of current Arlington
Superintendant Jack Metzler, VA's Hallinan
will serve temporarily as Superintendant
while the Army conducts a nationwide search
for their permanent replacement.
About Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is administered
by the Department of the Army. Since May of
1864, Arlington National Cemetery in
Arlington, Virginia, has served as a
cemetery, a memorial, a national monument to
America's war heroes. Over 300,000 Veterans
have been interred on these hallowed grounds
since the Civil War and, on average; the
cemetery buries 27 Veterans every day.
About VA's National Cemetery Administration
VA's National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
honors Veterans with final resting places in
national shrines and with lasting tributes
that commemorate their service to our
VA operates 131 national cemeteries in 39
states and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers' lots
and monument sites. More than 3 million
Americans, including Veterans of every war
and conflict - from the Revolutionary War to
the current conflicts in Iraq and
Afghanistan - are buried in VA's national
cemeteries on more than 19,000 acres.
Over the past 6 years NCA has received a
customer service rating of 95 from the
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Additional information on VA burial benefits
can be obtained from national cemetery
offices, from the Internet at
or by calling VA
regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000.
To make burial arrangements at the time of
need at any VA national cemetery, call the
national cemetery scheduling office at