About Us

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OUR MISSION

To honor our Veterans, and to support their families, by providing a full military honors service that they so richly deserve.

How We Serve

HONORING ALL VETERANS - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

To honor our veterans of the PAST, we support the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, [NNVMC]. The Nevada Veterans Coalition [NVC] Honor Guard provides military style services to all veterans being interred at NNVMC. They receive a Chaplain lead service, three volley rifle salute, flag folding ceremony, Taps, and Amazing Grace. The flag is then presented to a family member. The family is then escorted to the interment site by the Honor Guard. The Honor Guard is comprised of volunteer veterans and non-veterans, what they have in common is their desire to inter the veteran with the dignity and honor they so richly deserve.

The NVC began the Unaccompanied Veterans Services in 2008. Once a month, on the 4th Thursday, NVC conducts a service at the NNVMC for unaccompanied veterans with a full military style service. The unaccompanied are veterans who, for whatever reason, did not receive these honors when they recently passed away. The NVC also asks the community to attend and stand-in as family.

In 2009, the NVC vowed that not one veteran would be left unclaimed on a shelf. The task consisted of researching funeral homes for the cremains of those who have been unclaimed and in some cases for decades. This is conducted under the NVC Missing in Nevada, [MIN], not to be confused with the Missing in America Project, [MIAP]. Our unpaid NVC volunteers work with the funeral homes, research the veteran's status, mail letters, coordinate the service, perform the military style honor ceremony, and escorts the veterans to their final resting place. The financial costs are provided by the NVC. To date, NVC has conducted in excess of 350 interments of forgotten cremains of veterans in the state of Nevada.

The NVC volunteers also provide the verification process for unclaimed cremains that will be interred in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, [SNVMC]. The SNVMC first MIN service was held in 2018 and was funded by the NVC. The NVC traveled to Henderson, Nevada to help coordinate their first service. To date, the SNVMC has interred 64 unclaimed veterans. The NVC volunteer will continue to identify and verify cremains that will be interred in the SNVMC.

We honor the PRESENT, by our involvement in the Certified Nevada Veteran Advocate [NVA] program. This program provides guidance to veterans, directing them to various programs to assist them in their lives. There is a volunteer NVA available to provide guidance to veterans, and directing them to various programs to assist them in their lives. Contact: 775-302-3888

The NVC proudly coordinates and hosts the 9/11 remembrance ceremony each year at the Out of Town Park in Fernley. We also spearhead and coordinate the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at the cemetery.

The NVC bus, named Denise, proudly leads the annual 4th of July parade down Main Street in Fernley, as well as the Christmas Parade and provides transportation for various organizations. In 2019 the NVC partnered with the Pony Express to deliver letters of appreciation to veterans in assisted living facilities. These letters were collected across the country and internationally from individuals and organizations by the Pony Express and entrusted to the NVC to deliver them to veterans. It was an honor to let these veterans know they are not forgotten.

The NVC coordinates and fundraises for improvements to NNVMC memorials and the annual Wreaths Across America program held each year in December. This program requires many hours and many volunteers to raise enough money to purchase wreaths for every veteran's grave, to lay the wreaths and remove them. We have raised enough money to place a wreath on every grave, since 2015.

NVC honors the FUTURE, by providing education to our communities about the contributions made by our veterans to this country. We do this by speaking to various schools, and civic organizations to instill the importance of patriotism. The NVC provides support to youth groups in various ways, including; donations or support to ROTC, Sea Cadets, and Devil Pups. The NVC is invited several times a year to post the colors at business openings, school presentations, and special events.

WHAT WE DO

  • Honor Guard Memorial Services

  • We provide professional style Honor Guard Services to any veteran being interred at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
  • Color Guard Assemblies

  • We are invited several times a year to post the colors at business openings, school presentations, and various special events.
  • Fundraising Events

  • We conduct various fundraisers; whether it's for improvements to the cemetery, memorial installations, special event support or Wreaths Across America.
  • VAST Support - NVA/VSO

  • Having a Nevada Veterans Advocate [NVA] or a Veteran Service Officer [VSO] in Fernley helps the local veteran population begin and complete the eligibility process, getting them all the benefits they are eligible for. Contact: 775-302-3888
  • Memorial Day Ceremony

  • Our annual Memorial Day program is one of the finest in the State.
  • Fourth of July Escorts

  • Denise [the NVC bus] proudly leads the parade down main street and to the Out of Town park on July 4th every year.
  • 9/11 Ceremony

  • The NVC proudly coordinates and hosts the 9/11 ceremony each year at the Out of Twon Park.
  • Wreaths Across America

  • We coordinate and fundraise for the annual Wreaths Across America program held each year in December.
  • Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Partner

  • The Commemoration is providing Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins to Commemorative Partners for dignified public presentations to living U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War period as a lasting memento of the nation's thanks.

History of the Nevada Veterans Coalition

The Nevada Veterans Coalition [NVC] was originally chartered July 1992 as the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Support Group of Northern Nevada. We will continue to serve in the same spirit and with the same dedication as intended by our founder, David E. Parsons. In 2009 the Honor Guard was established to provide interment services at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery [NNVMC]. The Honor Guard does what they do from their hearts. There were only a few individuals in this group, but over time the group of volunteers has grown and the number of services has increased. Rain, wind, snow, 100 degree temperature, 30 degree temperature, the NVC is there to honor the veteran and to support their family. The NVC is a non-profit organization and is funded through donations only. The NVC never charges for any of their services. We are a group of veterans and non-veterans, it is not a requirement to be a veteran to be part of the NVC or Honor Guard. Our Board meetings are on the 2nd Thursday, every other month, at 2:00 pm in the Administration Office at NNVMC. You are welcome to attend and learn more about the NVC. Our goal is to honor all veterans, and their families, Past, Present and Future.

Projects at the NNVMC funded by NVC

Directional Signs Flag poles, Flag & lights on Avenue of the flags
Trees along flag alley program Snow plow
Parking lot extension Pope Mobile to move caskets
Pavilion fans 54 ft Storage unit
Refurbish planter boxes Korean War Wets memorial
Military branches medallions on the wall WW1 Memorial
Flags for the Admin building E6 people mover, negotiated reduced purchase price
Glass showcase in Admin building Tires for grounds crew Gator vehicle
Media equipment Refrigerator
POW-MIA monument Water Cooler
American Legion flag burn pit Coffee machine
Trooper Statue  

 

Additional important information about the Nevada Veterans Coalition

To obtain the services of the Nevada Veterans Coalition [NVC] Honor Guard for a funeral or memorial of your loved one at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery [NNVMC], please call 775-575-6842. We are a volunteer organization. No fees are charged for our services, which includes, but is not limited to; a full honors service to veterans who are being laid to rest. We rely entirely on donations, and are not subsidized by any Federal or State organization.

Our Location

This is our office. 140 East Main Street Suite D, Fernley, Nevada 89408. Typically there is someone there between 10AM and 3PM Monday through Friday. Our random scheduling of memorial services may leave the office empty from time to time, but you can call 1-775-575-6842 to find out when someone will be available.

 

Meet the Honor and Color Guard

NVC at the NNVMC

Prayer Breakfast 2017

KISS Concert 2017

MIN Service 2016

Other Veteran Support Groups