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Department of Veterans Affairs
Historic Preservation Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is organized into three main subdivisions, known as Administrations: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which is responsible for providing health care services; the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), which is responsible for burial and memorial benefits and maintenance of all VA cemeteries, and grants funding to develop and maintain Tribal and State veteran cemeteries; and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), which is responsible for the management of programs that provide financial assistance to Veterans.

VA administers to more than 2,000 historic properties in the United States and Puerto Rico. It maintains the fourth-largest inventory of historic buildings among land-owning federal agencies. Most are affiliated with the VHA and NCA. Many VA Medical Centers contain historic districts, individually eligible historic buildings, landscapes, and archeological resources. NCA maintains more than 131 national cemeteries and 33 affiliated soldiers’ lots in the United States and Puerto Rico.

VA is responsible for a broad array of historic properties - districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects - as well as other kinds of heritage assets (collections, documents, etc.) - in a range of conditions. Many of these have been identified, documented, and sometimes included in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); 17 are National Historic Landmarks (NHLs). Notably, in 2011 the National Park Service issued a determination that identified all national cemeteries as eligible for the NRHP regardless of age.

VA’s official policy for management of cultural resources and compliance with Section 106 is established in VA Directive 7545: Cultural Resource Management, which is implemented in accordance with VA Handbook 7545: Cultural Resource Management Procedures. The handbook requires the designation of Cultural Resource Management Officers at the regional level and encourages Medical Center Directors to appoint cultural resource managers. Many VA facilities also develop and implement Historic Preservation Plans to assist in the management of their historic properties.

Federal Preservation Staff

The VA Federal Preservation Officer is the contact for the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Additionally, NCA employs an historic architect to serve as point of contact for all the administration’s related actions.

Kathleen Schamel, Historic Preservation Officer
Office of Construction and Facilities Management
kathleen.schamel2@va.gov
Tel: 202.632.5529
Fax: 202.632.5833

Douglas Pulak, Deputy Historic Preservation Officer
Office of Construction and Facilities Management
douglas.pulak@va.gov
Tel: 202.632.5462

Mailing Address:
Historic Preservation Office (003C2)
Office of Construction & Facilities Management
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Ed Hooker, III, NCA Historic Architect
NCA Design and Construction Service
william.hooker@va.gov
Tel: 202.632.6631

Agency Related Links & Documents

Office of Construction and Facilities Management - Historic Preservation
This link connects to the VA's Historic Preservation Office main page. The page provides detailed information about the program and the VA's inventory of historic properties.

VA Cultural Resources Management Checklist
VA has developed an interactive Cultural Resources Management Checklist to assist in maintaining compliance with the federal laws, rules, and regulations designed to protect cultural resources.

VA Historic Property Highlights
The page highlights the diverse range of historic properties administered to by VA and includes a variety of photographs and historic as-built drawings.

NPS Travel Itinerary - National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers
This link connects to travel itineraries developed by the National Park Service for the 11 branches of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The site provides background information and recommendations on how visitors can experience these historic properties.

NPS Travel Itinerary - Civil War Era National Cemeteries
This link connects to a NPS travel itinerary that offers several ways to discover and experience the historic places connect with the National Cemetery system.

Department of Veterans Affairs - History
This link connects to a general history of VA, which details the complex evolution of the agency over time dating back to the Revolutionary War.

National Cemetery Administration - History Program
Links to NCA historic preservation projects, outreach activities, and historic-resource information as generated or managed by NCA Historians, a program established in 2001. Content is added and revised regularly. The pages provide information on recent and ongoing research, research and documentation, and historic preservation projects.

VA Section 106 Success Stories

Dayton VAMC Grotto and Gardens

“Creative Partnership Restores Healing Landscape for Veterans” -Dayton, Ohio

Mountain Home

"Complex VA Redevelopment Project Succeeds Following ACHP Comment" - Johnson City, Tennessee

Port Hudson National Cemetery, LAPort Hudson

"National Cemetery Expansion Avoids, Protects Significant Civil War Site" - Port Hudson, Louisiana

Eisenhower Vets HospitalEisenhower Vets Hospital

"VA Medical Center: consultation leads to innovative solution." - Leavenworth, Kansas

Florence Stockade

"Uncovering hidden stories in a Confederate prison." - Florence National Cemetery, South Carolina


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VA Preservation News

Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Historic Gardens Wins Chairman’s Award
The ACHP bestowed its Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation March 8 on a project at the Dayton, Ohio, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Its historic Grotto and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark District, is being brought back to its former renown by a dedicated team of volunteers, veterans, and other partners. Read more here. Read the Section 106 Success Story about this project here.View a photo presentation of the award-winning Grotto project.

Updated May 28, 2016

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