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How can the burial location of a veteran in Charlotte, NC, be located?

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The Nationwide Gravesite Locator, maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration, is an online database of burial sites of veterans and their families. It covers national veterans cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, private cemeteries, and other state or nationally-designated cemeteries.

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The National Cemetery Administration's listing of veterans cemeteries indicates that of the four national cemeteries in North Carolina, Salisbury National Cemetery is located nearest to Charlotte, NC.

According to the VA, the burial information contained in the Nationwide Gravesite Locator varies, which may result in incomplete or erroneous results. If a veteran or a veteran's family member cannot be located using the Nationwide Gravesite Locator, the VA advises contacting state veteran cemeteries or local private cemeteries directly for more information.

The VA reports that it will respond to further search requests if a burial site cannot be located. It requires basic information about the individual, including the full name, date and place of birth, date and place of death, the state from which the veteran entered active duty, and the branch of military service.

Other records may be helpful to search for a veteran's burial site. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a state-by-state listing of vital records offices to help locate veterans' death certificates. A number of online resources are also available for researching deaths and burial sites, including FindaGrave.com, and ObitsArchive.com, a database of U.S newspaper.obituaries and death notices.

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