The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.
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 has over 8,350 buildings and structures within its three administrations. Approximately 2,325 of these are historic, National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligible or listed, or National Historic Landmarks (NHLs). Of these, nearly 2,000 are being used in support of Veterans. More than 5,000 other buildings and structures have been evaluated and determined not eligible. VA maintains the fourth-largest inventory of historic buildings among land-owning federal agencies and is responsible for a broad array of historic properties - districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects - as well as other kinds of cultural resources (collections, documents, etc.).
NCA operates 136 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites. In 1981, the National Park Service (NPS) issued a determination that identified all national cemeteries as eligible for the NRHP regardless of age.
The ACHP and VA have entered into a partnership in order to enhance and streamline the preservation process. The VA-ACHP partnership has been active since 2008. The partnership provides for a full-time staff member in the Office of Federal Agency Programs (OFAP) at the ACHP who serves as the the principle point of contact for handling VA program and project review.
Agency Related Links & Documents
VA Applicant Authorizations per 36 CFR 800.2(c)(4)
VA Federal Preservation Staff Information
VA Historic Preservation Resources
VA Historic Property Highlights
VA Guidance on Creating New Section 106 Agreement Documents
VA Section 106 Agreement Document Database
VA Section 106 Success Stories
VA Section 3 Reports - Preserve America
VA Program Comment for Vacant and Underutilized Properties
VA Historic Properties in the News