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Spatial Analysis in Veterans Cemetery Location

The National Cemetery Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has funded a relatively large number of new national and state veterans cemeteries in recent years to meet the burial needs of a growing number of aging veterans. This paper examines the history of this agency and the evolving role that spatial analysis has played in identifying appropriate locations for new cemeteries. It also examines some of the spatial assumptions used in cemetery planning and tests these assumptions in Virginia. Data from two Virginia state veterans cemeteries are examined to determine appropriate veterans cemetery service area boundaries. Finally, a location-allocation model is used to determine the best locations for a new veterans cemetery in Virginia.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Policy Studies in its series Working Papers with number 2008-03.

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Date of creation: 26 Apr 2008
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Handle: RePEc:vac:wpaper:wp08-03
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