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Report: No problems noted at Bay Pines veterans cemetery

SEMINOLE — The Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general this week criticized how the agency conducted a review of graves at veterans cemeteries around the nation, but it found no problems at the Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County.

At Bay Pines, investigators reviewed 27,304 gravesites — the vast majority of the more than 29,000 sites at the cemetery — and did not find any misidentified or unmarked graves, the report noted.

The IG criticized the VA's National Cemetery Administration for under-counting problems at cemeteries around the nation, noting the NCA hadn't provided "necessary due diligence" in its review.

The NCA reviewed 1.6 million out of 3.1 million gravesites around the nation and reported 397 problems that included misplaced headstones, unmarked graves and eight veterans whose remains were misplaced.

A later, more comprehensive review by the VA found additional problems nationally, including the remains of 15 veterans buried in the wrong places. Whether this review uncovered problems at Bay Pines is unclear. VA officials did not return calls for comment Friday.

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