California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery
The California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) will be the second California Veterans Cemetery developed and constructed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Cemetery Grants Program. The facility is located in Monterey County on the Former Fort Ord Army Base in the City of Seaside.
The CCCVC opened on October 11, 2016. The first phase of the cemetery will accommodate cremated remains only and services are currently being scheduled.
In 1991, it was announced that the Fort Ord Army Base would be closed by the United States Base Realignment and Closure Commission. In response to the announcement that the Base would be closed, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) was created to facilitate Fort Ord’s conversion from a military base to civilian use. As part of its efforts to acknowledge the impact of Fort Ord in the region and honor the legacy of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Services, FORA set aside 204 acres for the construction of a veterans’ cemetery to serve veterans and their families from Santa Clara to San Luis Obispo counties.
The California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery is the second California State Veterans Cemetery. Title to the land for the veterans cemetery has since been transferred to the State of California and the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has developed a budget and construction plan, in consultation with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, to build the first phase of the Veterans Cemetery which includes a columbarium, landscaping, and the development of infrastructure to sustain the columbarium.
In order to be eligible for federal funds to support the cemetery, Senator Monning successfully secured a $2 million from the State of California. The state funds were combined with $200,000 from the local Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation to demonstrate the minimum of a 10% cost commitment to the project.
It is important to note that while the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation began as a grassroots fundraising organization, the Foundation recently partnered with the Community Foundation of Monterey County to spearhead a more focused fundraising effort for the expansion and future development of the cemetery, which include burial sites.
Many of the region’s veterans passed through the Former Fort Ord Army Base for training or during their posting. They and their families have been waiting for 25 years for the establishment of a final resting place. The California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery is a testament to these men and women and a beautiful monument to their service to our country.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has adopted regulations that establish the eligibility requirements for interment in a state veterans' cemetery. These regulations make the state eligibility requirements equivalent to the requirements for burial in a National Cemetery and allow the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) to collect the information needed to determine an applicant’s eligibility. For information about eligibility requirements, visit: http://www.cem.va.gov/.
The Eligibility for Burial Benefits Form is designed to assist individuals in determining if they are eligible for burial in the CCCVC. There is no cost for pre-need determination and it does not obligate a veteran to be interred at the cemetery. You can access the form here.
If you are interested in a casketed burial, please contact the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Director, Daria Maher, at (831) 393-9371 or Daria.Maher@CalVet.ca.gov to be placed on a list of interest.
If you are interested in a columbarium burial, eligible applicants can contact the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Director, Daria Maher, at (831) 393-9371 or Daria.Maher@CalVet.ca.gov. Please submit all forms to:
Get Involved Locally
Are you interested in learning more about the local efforts to support the California Central Coast Cemetery Veterans Cemetery? The Veterans’ Cemetery Citizens Advisory Committee (VCCAC) was created to ensure that the local community had a voice in the cemetery development process.
The VCCAC meets the second Thursday of each month. For more information about the VCCAC, contact the Monterey County Office of Military and Veterans’ Affairs at (831) 647-7613 or http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/military-veterans.