National Guard and Reserve Soldiers now eligible for burial at NH Veterans Cemetery
State residents who served in the National Guard or as reservists can now be buried at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery.
Previously, burial at Boscawen Cemetery was limited to service members who had served on active duty, which David Mikolaities, New Hampshire’s adjutant general, called an “unfortunate loophole.”
In March, President Biden signed the Burial Equity for Guards and Reserves Act, sponsored by New Hampshire Congressman Chris Pappas, as part of the federal omnibus package. This allowed states to use their own discretion to decide whether to arrest people who are not otherwise eligible for VA. The state Executive Council voted unanimously this week to authorize the burial policy change.
“It’s a very, very good thing,” Warren Perry, the state’s deputy adjutant general, told advisers. He said the state expects it will now be arraigning about 50 newly eligible soldiers each year, along with their wives.
“If you are a guard or reservist who resides in the state at the time of death … there will be no cost,” Perry said.
There is a $350 burial fee for spouses.
The State Veterans Cemetery was built in 1997 on 104 acres of former public forest in Boscawen.